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The initial dominance of the USSR in space competition was a source of honest enthusiasm for progress for many GDR citizens. However, with the first moon landing by US astronauts in 1969, conditions had reversed. When Soviet cosmonauts again toured the GDR in 1977, East German space technology was propagandistically exposed. The visit to Leipzig included the ISKRA memorial in Russenstrasse, which was intended to commemorate the printing of Lenin's first revolutionary newspaper. The 35 mm film was apparently professionally cut and re-recorded as a secondary exploitation, mainly from various duplicate negatives. There's no record of a positive. Stefan Gööck
Chile films from the time after the coup always refer to Lautaro's epic: a Mapuche boy who is chained by the Spanish conquerors and learns from them growing up. As a warrior he returns home, teaches the Indians how to use weapons and leads them into resistance against the conquerors. The metaphor for the political fate of the left in Chile was here created in powerful, earthy images by Hernando León. The renowned painter had to leave Chile after the coup and finally settled in Dresden, where he taught at the art academy for many years and still works artistically today. - Grit Lemke
Hermann Scheps, a 64-year-old machinist, is portrayed in the "VEB Carl Zeiss Jena" during the production of metal parts for microscopes. The montage of close-ups, machine noises and the Puhdys song "Lied für Generationen" (Song for Generations) marks the end of the striking depiction of work and labour in the GDR amateur film. Ralf Forster
Fidel Castro (1926-2016) visited a then 93-year-old blind old man in the mountains of Cuba in 1977. The old man tells the president how as a boy he met the Cuban national hero José Martí (1853-1895) shortly before he fell in the fight for independence against Spain. The whole film about white old man but not who his visitor actually is. Ralph Eue
Lolek and Bolek following in the footsteps of Jules Verne: "The journey around the world in 80 days" in a version with the two Polish animated film heroes who have been inspiring their fans again and again since the 1960s. This time it's about 20,000 pounds of gold, robbers, a flying carpet, a rhino, a dragon and much more. A movie fun for the whole family. Since 1964 the Polish animated film heroes Bolek and Lolek have been delighting young and old cinema-goers with their exciting experiences. Following on from Jules Vernes' famous story "The Journey around the World in 80 Days", the two friends embark on a worldwide adventure in this episode. With historic vehicles, they set off to win a risky bet that involves a lot of money. So it's not surprising that a crook is also hanging on to her heels. But those who know Bolek and Lolek know that they will meet all the challenges with a lot of fun.
Krzysztof Kieślowski consistently unmasks the prototype of the informer and fellow runner (in totalitarian society) from his own perspective. The comments also come from the ambivalent protagonist. In order not to harm this, Kieślowski later kept the film under lock and key.