Film still for "Lotte in Weimar"

Under high skies. The Universe Volker Koepp

Conversations and reflections

German Title: Unter hohen Himmeln. Das Universum Volker Koepp

Grit Lemke
416 Pages, 35 Images
Hardcover, 14,8 x 21 cm
25,00 Euro (plus shipping)
ISBN: 978-3-86505-416-6
Obtainable at: Bertz+Fischer Verlag

The Book

Buchcover "Unter hohen Himmeln"

The publication by Grit Lemke, gathers conversations with and about the documentary filmmaker Volker Koepp. The motivic interweaving of his films, influences of literature and his working practice are examined. Koepp has revisited places and many of his protagonists time and time again over the years – sometimes with, often without a camera. In his films, he tells of landscapes and people, mostly east of the Elbe, whereby he understands landscape both as a natural and historical space.


während der Dreharbeiten zu "Leben in Wittstock"

Editor Lutz Körner, cameraman Christian Lehmann, Volker Koepp, dramaturg Anne Richter and production manager Frank Löprich (from left) 1983 in front of the city wall in Wittstock PRIVATE/ © Volker Koepp

Dreharbeiten zu "Am Fluß"

Cameraman Christian Lehmann and Volker Koepp 1978 during shooting of AM FLUSS © Michael Loewenberg

The Author

Grit Lemke studied cultural studies, ethnology and literature in Leipzig after completing a construction apprenticeship and working in the cultural sector. She received her doctorate in European ethnology from the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 1991 she has been working as a film critic and author for print, online and TV. Her enthusiasm for documentary film was awakened at a young age, including a lasting encounter with a Wittstock film by Volker Koepp during a visit to Leipzig's "Dokwoche" - a festival at which she would later work for 26 years and run the programme until 2017. The Lusatian has been working for the Cottbus FilmFestival for almost as long, where she heads the German-Sorbian section. She curated numerous film series in Germany and abroad, published on documentary film, was involved in documentary films as an author and held teaching positions. Today she works as a freelance author, dramaturge, consultant and curator.

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