Heimat (1984)

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Heimat is the overall title of several series of films in 32 episodes written and directed by Edgar Reitz which view life in Germany between 1919 and 2000 through the eyes of a family from the Hunsrück area of the Rhineland. Personal and domestic life is set against glimpses of wider social and political events. The combined length of the 32 films is 53 hours and 25 minutes, making it one of the longest series of feature-length films in cinema history.

The title Heimat is a German word meaning "homeland". Its use is partly an ironic reference to the film genre known as Heimatfilm which was popular in Germany in the 1950s. Heimatfilms were noted for their rural settings, sentimental tone and simplistic morality.

Aesthetically, all three series are notable for their frequent switching between colour and black-and-white film to convey different emotional states.

  1. Edgar Reitz


Series Cast

  1. Gertrud Bredel

    Katharina Simon, Katharina

    11 Episodes

  2. Marita Breuer

    Marita Breuer

    Maria Simon

    11 Episodes

  3. Eva Maria Schneider


    11 Episodes

  4. Johannes Lobewein

    Alois Wiegand

    11 Episodes

  5. Kurt Wagner

    Glasisch Karl

    11 Episodes

  6. Rüdiger Weigang

    Rüdiger Weigang

    Eduard Simon

    11 Episodes

  7. Karin Rasenack

    Lucie Hardtke

    11 Episodes

  8. Michael Lesch

    Paul Simon

    1 Episode

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Last Season


Season 3

2014 | 6 Episodes

Heimat 3 (subtitled Chronik einer Zeitenwende — Chronicle of a Changing Time) premiered in 2004. It continues Hermann's story in 1989 as he returns to Schabbach and depicts the events of the period from the fall of the Berlin Wall until 2000.

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language German


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