The documentary film “Tales from the Hunsrück Villages” was produced in the autumn of 1980, at a time when Edgar Reitz and Peter Steinbach were working on the preparations for HEIMAT. The film represents a preparatory work, which at the same time is, in a sense, the polar opposite of HEIMAT. In HEIMAT the leading characters Paul and Hermann, following the example of Reitz himself, leave their Heimat and seek their fortunes elsewhere as many Hunsrückers have always done.
“Tales from the Hunsrück Villages” on the other hand deals with those who have stayed rooted in their Heimat. Here these people speak for themselves, they can tell us in their own words about their life experiences, without being directed by an interviewer’s questions. In this way Reitz succeeds in drawing an undistorted and very authentic picture of the Hunsrückers and their way of life. Read More »