The Moment in history – a retrospective on Konrad Wolf is our latest film series for November 2014 to March 2015. Five highly acclaimed films directed by Konrad Wolf will be shown at the cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive.
Sometimes a single moment would change the course of human history. 18:53, 9th November 1989 was such a moment, when the news of the opening of the Berlin Wall was spread (and nobody believed it at first). To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, German Film Forum presents a new film series by the renowned East German film director Konrad Wolf (1925-1982).
About the Director
Of all the directors working in the former GDR (German Democratic Republic), Konrad Wolf was no doubt the one who studied Germany's history most intensively. The unusual biographical circumstances of Wolf's early life made the fight against fascism a central motif of his early films. Being the son of the physician and writer Friedrich Wolf, who was also a member of the Communist Party, Konrad Wolf had to leave Germany with his family for Moscow in 1933. At the age of 17, Wolf joined the Red Army, and came to Berlin as a soldier in 1945. His film “I was nineteen” is a quasi-biography of his experience during the war. Shortly after the war, he returned to Moscow and studied at the Moscow Institute of Cinematography.
Upon graduation, Wolf started working in East Germany and began his director’s career at DEFA Studio, the most important film studio in East Germany. He established his reputation at DEFA very quickly with a series of award-winning films including “Stars”, “The Divided Heaven” and “Solo Sunny”. Although working and living in the East, Wolf’s films are not at all ideologically fraught and certainly not dogmatic. “The Divided Heaven”, for example, remained one of the few DEFA films that boldly examined the taboo issue of defection from East Germany. Through his films, Wolf courageously presented the world with a fair glimpse of life in East Germany.