It’s 1989, the final months of the GDR, and people start fleeing via Hungary. The police have stopped checking anyone properly and you don’t need a permit to play a gig anymore. Change is afoot and The Rot is right in the middle of it all. They are the last East German band, their breakthrough is just a matter of time. But then the Wall falls and suddenly money is more important than music. With a light touch and a lot of humour, Thomas Brussig tells the story of a band and their dream, and what it’s like when one thing ends and another begins.