Banned in 1958 at the urging of the USSR, Konrad Wolf’s drama centers on two young East Germans who are arrested and forced to work in a uranium mine in Wismut. Wismut has a reputation as wild and woolly as any Wild West mining town, and the newcomers find themselves surrounded by a ragtag group of characters. Tensions are high as longtime anarchists work amidst former S.S. members and Russian officers. Manja Behrens and Ulrike Germer star.
Konrad Wolf was born in Hechingen in 1925 and died in Berlin in 1982. In 1933, his family emigrated to the Soviet Union. At the age of 18, he joined the Red Army and came to Germany as a lieutenant in 1945. He studied Directing at the Moscow Film School in 1949 and worked as an assistant director to Kurt Maetzig at the DEFA Studios in 1953. His first feature film was Einmal ist keinmal (1955). From 1965, Wolf was president of the East German Academy of Arts. His major films include: Genesung (1956), Lissy (1957), Sun Seekers (Sonnensucher, 1958), Stars (Sterne, 1959), The Divided Sky (Der geteilte Himmel, 1964), I Was Nineteen (Ich war 19, 1967), The Naked Man in the Stadium (Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz, 1974), and Mama, I’m Alive (Mama, ich lebe, 1976). —german films