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Dear Thomas

The Buddenbrooks of East Germany
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ABR Arts 03 June 2022

Dear Thomas

The Buddenbrooks of East Germany
by
ABR Arts 03 June 2022
Albrecht Schuch as Thomas Brasch in <em>Dear Thomas</em>, screening nationally as part of the German Film Festival
Albrecht Schuch as Thomas Brasch in Dear Thomas, screening nationally as part of the German Film Festival

Will this biopic be the film that reintroduces German author and filmmaker Thomas Brasch to the world? Perhaps. Something is indeed afoot. Brasch and his family – his three siblings are also notable figures in literature and film – have been the subject of three films in the last decade. Besides Dear Thomas (Lieber Thomas, 2021), currently screening the German Film Festival, we have The Brasch Family (Familie Brasch, 2018) and Brasch: The Wishes and Fears (Brasch – Das Wünschen und das Fürchten, 2011). Yet beyond a core of literary completists, the profile of the Brasch family – sometimes called the Buddenbrooks of East Germany – remains negligible.