DEFA turns 75: On this occasion, the MDR shows a new cult film from the GDR every Friday. It starts this Friday.
May 17th marks the 75th anniversary of DEFA’s founding day. That is why this year the MDR is broadcasting a DEFA production on MDR television every Friday, right after the “Riverboat”. It starts this week, on January 15th, with “Spur der Steine”.
“The DEFA cinema and television productions are – in addition to artistic expression and aspiration – above all contemporary historical documents that on the one hand tell history in an entertaining and vivid way and on the other hand allow viewers to reflect on the present,” says Daniela Adomat, editor-in-chief Licenses, film and series at MDR.
In addition, the DEFA films are also very well suited to bring the GDR era closer to a younger audience. The aim is to preserve the DEFA legacy and make it accessible to a broader public, Adomat continued.
The following DEFA productions can be seen on MDR television every Friday after the “Riverboat” at midnight:
- January 15th: “Trail of the stones”
- January 22nd: “The Legend of Paul and Paula”
- January 29th: “Jacob the Liar”
- February 5th: “Anton the Magician”
- February 19th: “Our short life”
- February 26: “I was nineteen”
- March 5th: “Karla”
- March 12th: “Sabine Wulff”
- March 19: “Young Woman from 1914”
- March 26: “The Frozen Lightning”
In April, “Naked Among Wolves”, “The Russians Are Coming” and “My Zero Hour” will be shown.
75 years of DEFA in the cinema and online
After they have been broadcast, the films can be viewed in the ARD media library for 30 days. Only “Our Short Life” should only be available for seven days afterwards. In addition, DEFA productions will continue to be broadcast on other stations on MDR television.
In addition, three cinema screenings and discussion rounds are planned in cooperation with the DEFA Foundation. If it is possible due to the corona, three cinema events in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia are to be invited. “Here we want to explore in dialogue with the audience how much topicality there is still in the decades-old DEFA productions,” says Adomat. The films shown there will later also be shown on MDR television – including “Tanz auf der Kippe”, an MDR TV premiere.
On the subject of “75 years of DEFA”, MDR Kultur online offers a comprehensive one Dossier for reading and listening. And also in the ARD-Audiothek there is some information about the GDR film company.
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