© DEFA-Stiftung, Klaus Goldmann
Our Short Life (Unser kurzes Leben)
Dir. Lothar Warneke
GDR, 1980, 109 min, color
The 26-year-old architect Franziska Linkerhand works for a famous professor. But she feels constrained by her dependence on him and longs to take risks. When her marriage falls apart, she decides to move to a small town for a fresh start. Franziska approaches her new life with enthusiasm and idealism. Though many of her colleagues have given in to the dictates of economic restrictions and prefabricated apartment blocks, Franziska hangs onto her ideals and, as in her private life, is not willing to compromise…
Brigitte Reimann’s bestselling semi-autobiographical novel, Franziska Linkerhand, on which this film is based, fascinated both East and West German readers with its emancipated, radical, yet sensitive protagonist.
Bild: © DEFA-Stiftung, Dietram Kleist
The Bicycle (Das Fahrrad)
Dir. Evelyn Schmidt
GDR, 1982, 89 min, color
Susanne is a young single mother with a somewhat alternative, unstructured lifestyle. After quitting her job, she finds herself in financial trouble and attempts a minor insurance fraud to make ends meet.
A rare view of everyday socialism from a woman's perspective, this film was banned from international screenings by East German officials. In West Germany, Evelyn Schmidt’s film received much praise for its critical feminist approach.