September 2015, arsenal cinema

The DEFA Foundation presents

DER SCHWEIGENDE STERN, 1959

The DEFA Foundation is devoting the 7th September to science fiction film which was marketed by the DEFA as utopian film.

DER SCHWEIGENDE STERN (The Silent Star, Kurt Maetzig, 1959), was the first DEFA production of this kind and is based on "The Astronauts", a novel by the Polish author Stanislaw Lem. It tells the story of a spaceship on its way to Venus in 1970. When it arrives, the crew discovers a massive apparatus for destruction that releases atomic radiation and poses a huge danger - not every crew member will return to earth. In 1976, Gottfried Kolditz made his second sci-fi film for DEFA, IM STAUB DER STERNE. Earth receives a call for help from the planet TEM 4. A spaceship makes its way there and everything appear to be OK. However, all is not as it seems as the cosmonauts' minds are being manipulated. (pz) (7.9.)

arsenal cinema: The DEFA Foundation presents

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Der schweigende Stern

Der schweigende Stern Kurt Maetzig GDR/Poland 1959
35 mm 94 min

Introduced by Detlef Kannapin
arsenal cinema: Black Waves, Red Horizons – New Yugoslav Film

08:00 pm Cinema 1


Čovek nije tica

Čovek nije tica Man is Not a Bird
Dušan Makavejev JUG 1965
35mm OV/EnS 81 min

arsenal cinema: The DEFA Foundation presents

09:00 pm Cinema 2


Im Staub der Sterne

Im Staub der Sterne Gottfried Kolditz GDR 1976
35 mm 99 min