- Original title
- Running time
- 116 min.
- Germany - East Germany (GDR)
Karl-Georg Egel, Paul Wiens
Werner Bergmann (B&W)
Ulrike von Zerboni, Günther Simon, Erwin Geschonneck, Manja Behrens, Viktor Avdyushko, Willi Schrade, Erich Franz, Norbert Christian, Agnes Kraus, Brigitte Krause, Horst Kube, Rumina Schorochowa, Vladimir Yemelyanov, Peter Paul Goes
Deutsche Film (DEFA)
Drama | Job/Employment
- 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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