Nationally owned films at Cineplex Leipzig

“District Film Directorate Leipzig Presents” – Under this working title, the theater management and the staff of the cineplex, some employees already working under one roof in Leipzig cinemas such as Capitol, Schauberg and Filmtheater der Freund, own Putting together the “best” of their own defa filmmaking.

Cineplex Leipzig celebrates 75 years of DEFA with its DEFA weekend. Established on May 17, 1946, approximately 700 feature films and approximately 3,500 documentaries, shorts and animated films were made in Babelsberg (and Dresden). The date for the weekend was not chosen by chance, as on October 17, 1946, Wolfgang Staud’s “The Murderers Are Among Us” was the first premiere of a DEFA feature film.

Nine films will be presented in the west of Leipzig from October 15-17, 2021 under the motto “People’s Own Films in the Cineplex”, in collaboration with the DEFA Foundation and funded by the Social City of Grünau Fund.

For each film is from proven DEFA expert Frank-Burkhard Hebel, author of “Great Dictionary of Fiction Films” and “Great Dictionary of GDR Stars”. Actors of Film and Television” (both Schwarzkopf and Schwarzkopf Verlag, Berlin), a film introduction.

As an introduction to the film series, Cineplex Leipzig and Grunauer Kom-Haus invite you on 14 October. To read with “FB” Abel at the Kom-Haus at 5:00 pm. Title reading “Sometimes a DEFA Comedy Is Good for You”.

The youngest cinema watchers are invited to the film weekend at 3 p.m. According to Beno Pludra “Die Reese Nach Sundarit” features a reunion with Tim Tamer, a boy who helps everyone who needs his help. A Parable on Humanity – as also two selected fairy tale films “Das Feuerzeg” (with Rolf Ludwig) and “Das Kalte Herz” (with Erwin Geshoneck).

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The 5:30 p.m. movies shows that Defa was also able to make coats and AP films, Indian stripes, and science fiction. Visitor GDR hit film “Mir nach, kalenen!” I can wait for 100 minutes of fights, caresses and lively talk. With Manfred Krug. In “White Wolves” Gjko Mitic vows revenge as Dakota chief Weitzspender Falke when his wife is murdered, and Rolf Hoppe returns to the bandits. Based on a template by Stanisaw Lem in the GDR’s first science fiction film, “The Silent Star”, eight astronauts from different countries embark on a Venus mission. Director Kurt Metzig achieved international success with the film, as the socialist utopia flick was also shown in Germany, Great Britain and the USA.

Tom Pauls can be seen in his only DEFA lead role on the evening show (8 p.m.) earlier (October 15). As a new lieutenant he is supposed to get Sepoy Harbola (Michael Luckey) out of arrest and bring him back to his unit. A wonderful comedy that also presents a realistic portrayal of the GDR.

In memory of Michael Gwisdek, who died in the autumn of 2020, Cineplex will show “The Tango Player,” a film adaptation of Christoph Heine’s novel, on Saturday (October 16). Michael Gwisdek, Corinna Harfauch and Hermann Baer can be seen in the lead roles. Doctor. Dallow, a former senior assistant at the Faculty of History, moves in on the side of an ailing tango player and is then convicted. Released from prison in March 1968, he vowed to abstain from politics and the piano.

The lifestyle of the late (and then fall) GDR was no better described than “Die Architekten” (17 October). Architect Daniel Brenner is to design a cultural center for a vast Berlin satellite city. But the beginning of construction marks the end of Daniel’s thoughts and hopes. But also the end of the GDR, it is just before the autumn of 1989. Peter Kahen’s “The Architects” is one of the last DEFA films.

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DEFA weekend tickets are available at unit prices of €5.00 (3:00 pm), €6.00 ​​(5:30 pm) and €7.00 (8:00 pm):

Movies and show times

Fri., October 15, 2021 at 3 pm.
journey of beauty

Fri., October 15, 2021 at 5:30 pm.
Follow me, Canales!

Fri., October 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm.
Harbola. to hell with

Saturday, 16.10.2021 at 15:00
Light

Saturday, 16.10.2021 at 17:30
white wolves

Saturday, 16.10.2021 at 20:00
tango player

Sun., October 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm.
cold heart

Sun., October 17, 2021 at 5:30 pm.
silent star

Sun., October 17, 2021 at 8:00 pm.
architect

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