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Sun Seekers

Original title
Sonnensucher
Year
Running time
116 min.
Country
Germany - East Germany (GDR) Germany - East Germany (GDR)
Director
Screenwriter
Karl-Georg Egel, Paul Wiens
Music
Joachim Werzlau
Cinematography
Werner Bergmann (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Genre
Drama | Job/Employment
Synopsis / Plot
Sun Seekers was banned in 1958 at the urging of the USSR, since it treats Soviet/German relations in mining uranium in the GDR's Wismut region, to support the nuclear arms race. Encouraged by the "thaw" promised by the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, Konrad Wolf's film presents a highly dramatic and differentiated view of the Nazi past, Stalinist political practices, and the energetic chaos of the early postwar period. The film's style combines Wolf's Russian sensibilities with echoes of Italian neo-realism as well as Pabst's Kameradschaft (1931). Releasing this film was one of Wolf's first priorities when a new regime took power in the GDR in 1972, and in 1989 the film was revived along with the banned films of 1965 as part of DEFA's best - if thwarted - tradition.
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