Photo of Rainer Simon
Photo of Rainer Simon

Rainer Simon

“We wanted to make films about the GDR. We wanted to make critical or realistic films. That was only possible, however, when we made films which excluded any conflict—documentary-type films about young people, where everything was played down. Such films fell roughly into the parameters allowed by the East German film industry. One could deal with everyday life, but we were not permitted to show any sort of real conflict.”