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This filmic "memory" in the form of a collage is a subjective overview of the history of Hungary in the 20th century. A young woman from the 1960s looks back critically on the lives of her grandparents (under the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy) and her parents (between the wars). Anna Ida Orosz
The everyday life of children in the Bernese Oberland in essays and simple observations written and read by them. The film was made in only four days, together with the children and their teacher ("Our teacher is a beautiful one"). The way to school in the snow, the classroom with the oven in which a child ignites the fire, writing on slates, brightly scrubbed school benches, children's drawings. The view of the hard life of the mountain farmers is only seemingly naïve: In the concentration on the essential, on details that are perhaps only visible to the child's eye, reality appears as if magically entranced. - Grit Lemke
Every morning, the little inhabitants of the children's home are awakened by the singing of the wonderful little bird, which is a source of joy and delight throughout the village. But one morning it stays quiet - the birdie was stolen. Together with two policemen, the children set off on a search. The story of the wonderfully colourful little bird that wakes the inhabitants of a children's home every morning with its song, makes the flowers blossom and makes the fountain bubble is written by Franz Fühmann. With the adaptation of this literary model in his second work for the DEFA Studio Babelsberg, the director established his internationally recognized reputation as a master of children's film. At the beginning of the 1960s, when he was looking for a pretty urban setting for his film in his home town of eastern Brandenburg, he found it in the newly built Eisenhüttenstadt. KDF
Until the end of the Prague Spring in August 1968, Pavel Juráček was a successful young director, attracting attention with films such as the Kafkaesque bureaucratic satire JOSEF KILIAN and receiving international awards. After that, he was banned from filming for life. He wrote for the drawer and recorded his fate in haunting diaries. Jan Herold wanders through Prague, through streets, palaces, long corridors and past discarded banners. He's looking for Josef Kilian to deliver a message to. Then he comes across a cat rental and takes an animal with him. When he wants to give it back, the shop has disappeared and Herold continues to wander through offices and waiting rooms - and past the empty hill on which a huge monument to Stalin was enthroned until recently. After 1968, Pavel Juráček was one of the few directors who made no compromises with the new rulers. They prohibited him from working and pursued him into exile to Munich, where he had emigrated after signing Charter 77. However, they could not prevent him from recording everything on thousands of diary pages. Meanwhile, the notes have found a publisher, just like Juráčeks never realized scripts. CF Editor Pavel Hájek, Senior Manager of the Václav Havel Library in Prague, reads from the texts after the performance of JOSEF KILIAN and tells of the director who virtually ceased to exist after 1968.
Cuba, in the middle of the Cold War. The USA wants to kill the socialist Caribbean island. Under the pseudonym "Preludio 11", Cubans in exile are to penetrate the interior of the country and blow up an important bridge. But there are also traitors and spies among the revolutionary Cubans. Espionage, revolution and counterrevolution, Cuba in the focus of major world conflicts: a few days before the attempted invasion of the Bay of Pigs in 1961, a command of emigrants and adventurers under the guidance of an American officer is smuggled into Cuba. They are to blow a bridge and prepare the ground for the later deployment of counterrevolutionary forces. But they did not count on the loyalty of ordinary Cubans to their revolution. PRELUDIO 11 tells of the hidden war in the mountains, of betrayal and sabotage, but also of the love of revolution and of a beautiful woman who does not betray her convictions. Kurt Maetzig shot the film in 1963 in Cuba. In January 1964 the German-Cuban espionage film was premiered in Havana, and from March it was also shown in GDR cinemas. PRELUDIO 11 is based on the novel of the same name by Wolfgang Schreyer, who also wrote the script. WMH