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The Turning Point

Original title
Der Aufenthalt
Year
Running time
97 min.
Country
Germany - East Germany (GDR) Germany - East Germany (GDR)
Director
Screenwriter
Novel: Hermann KantWolfgang Kohlhaase, Dieter Wolf
Music
Günther Fischer
Cinematography
Eberhard Geick
Cast
Producer
Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Genre
Drama. War | II World War
Synopsis
The young German POW Mark Niebuhr, a former rifleman of an infantry battalion, arrives on a train at the Warsaw depot in October 1945. A Polish woman believes to have recognized him as the SS officer who murdered her daughter. He is separated from the group without knowing why and thrown into solitary confinement, alone with his worst fears. The investigation into his past is led by a young Polish lieutenant the same age as Mark. After four years, Mark goes to a cell with a Polish prisoner who confronts him brimming with hatred. At his work assignment in Warsaw's ruinous landscape, he must clear away the most dangerous of collapsing walls. He ends up rescuing a child, breaking his arm in doing so and ends up in the hospital, where he learns that his own murder investigation is fully underway. Following his hospital stay, he is transferred to a cell containing only German prisoners.
Awards
1984: Eberswalde Film Festival:Grand Prize, Grant Riser, Best Direction, Best Young Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Art Direction.
1983: Festival de Venecia: Nominated to Golden Lion
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