A powerful biopic about one of Germany’s most important writers, shot in black and white, featuring a tour-de-force performance from Albrecht Schuch. East Germany is still young, but Thomas Brasch is already an outsider. He is obsessive, a dreamer and a rebel. Neither the banning of his very first play nor his expulsion from film school stops him from pursuing a career in writing. When Soviet tanks roll through Prague in 1968, Thomas joins the protest on the streets of Berlin, only to be reported by his father and sent to prison. Released on parole, he continues to write about love, revolt, and death. With no prospect of being heard, Thomas flees with the woman he loves, but he does not find fulfillment in the West either.