When 40-year-old Miklós Neméth was appointed as the prime minister of Hungary, he was immediately face to face with difficult decisions. The state economy was in a very bad way, and the maintaining the border control apparatusthe so-called “Iron Curtain”on Hungarian boarder to Austria was eating away a large piece of the state budjet. Neméth made a decision that led to the dramatic events of 1989 in Europe and finally to the fall of the Berlin wall: he decided to open the boarder.

1989 is a political docu-drama about the events in Hungary before the braking apart of the Iron Curtain. The films of director Anders Østergaard often deal with historical events from the recent past. He combines archive images and sound with reconstructed scenes in imaginative ways. Also 1989 opens the doors to secred rooms and conversations through rebuilt scenes, dialogues and historical images. The documentary is not impartial, but the situation within the Party and the power struggles in Europe are depicted in an exciting and compelling way from the chosen point of view. Østergaard will deliver the DocPoint Masterclass lecture in Helsinki during the festival.

Text: Katri Tenhola

Languages: Hungarian, English, German, Russian
Subtitles: English



  • Director: Anders Østergaard, Erzsébet Rácz
  • Country: Denmark
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 90 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Simon Plum
  • Editing: Pernille Bech-Christensen, Szilvia Ruszev, Thomas Papape
  • Audio: Jørgen Bergsund, Rikard Strømsodd
  • Music: Stein Berge Svendsen
  • Production: Lise Lense-Møller / Magic Hour Films


  • Maxim 2: Thu 29.1. at 14:30