When I attended one of these evenings it became instantly clear to me that I had to make a connection between Ilse in my film "The Old Song" and Grischa Huber's evening. The actress had already agreed to sing Ilse's song in the film, reinterpret the song of Germany and play the beautiful and mysterious woman, which Ilse appears to be. Grischa Huber and I agreed on the impossibility of simply putting parts of the evening into the film. We decided to do a prologue. I selected nine excerpts from the work, which Grischa Huber had chosen. We dramatized these excerpts in the landscape of No-Mans-Land, the area in which the torn-down wall was being turned to rubble.
This became a short film, which is a key part of the film "The Old Song". Ula Stöckl
But your Germans choose not to go beyond the barest necessities, which is the reason why there is so much botched work among them and so little that is free, that gives any genuine pleasure. Yet that could be overlooked, were not such men of necessity insensitive to what is beautiful in life, did not the curse of godforsaken unnature everywhere lie upon such a people. Would that I could show you a freer country, a country filled with beauty and soul, and say: Escape there."