While the rest of the band members enjoy a beer after the show, frontman Gerhard Gundermann is already on his way to an early shift in the local coal mine. The transition from music to a demanding day job is only natural for the hard-working artist. It is indeed in the coal mine of the East-German town of Höyerswerda that Gundermann, a true socialist, finds inspiration for his songs. However, being both an artist, worker and a likeable family man isn’t always easy. Especially not in the former GDR, where the Stasi lurks around every corner and no one is spared for the constant curiosity of the ruling authority. Not least Gundermann himself who reluctantly must face his own past.
Director Andreas Dresen tells the true and fascinating story of a unique artist to the sound of a captivating and critically-acclaimed soundtrack, whilst simultaneously giving us an intriguing insight into the way of life in the former GDR.