Altered Innocence

Stielke, Heinz, Fifteen

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This special limited edition slipcover is limited to 1,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

Altered Innocence has been dedicated to releasing LGBTQ & Coming-of-Age films with an artistic edge since their inception in 2015. With a library of features and shorts from around the world, mixing genre with art-house and everything in between - Altered Innocence is committed to curating an esoteric library that is without peer in the current marketplace. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

Fifteen-year-old Heinz Stielke is a Hitler Youth fanatic who is devastated to learn a hidden truth about his respected father who was a German officer in WWII: He was Jewish. Pushed out of his community after the discovery, young Heinz falls into a tailspin of alienation and anger. He is subsequently thrust into a series of social collisions across the war-torn German fatherland. The stark crisp depiction of this disillusioned youngster’s descent into a vortex of self-hatred is visually expertly crafted by Günter Haubold’s fly-on-the-wall cinematography and the heart wrenching performance from young Marc Lubosch as the titular teen is one of the most finely articulated expressions of teenage rage and despair. The film examines the frightening reality of fascism and a young boy’s overwhelmingly tumultuous exploration of personal identity through WWII. Previously overlooked until recently Altered Innocence is proud to present a new HD restoration of the DEFA Foundation, Germany.

directed by: Michael Kann
starring: Marc Lubosch, Angelika Perdelwitz, Jana Mattukat, Jens Müller, Rolf Ludwig
1987 / 99 min / 1.66:1 / German DTS-HD MA 1.0

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • "Away with these Stultifying Bandages": History and Identity Politics in Steilke, Heinz, Fifteen - A Video Essay by Aaron Dries
  • Restoration Trailer
  • Other Trailers
  • English & Spanish subtitles

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