Film Screening The Mistake

Die Verfehlung © Defa Stiftung

Wed, 12/14/2022

6:30 PM

Goethe-Institut Boston

It is 1988. Jacob from Hamburg in West Germany, falls in love with Elisabeth in East Germany. When they secretly meet in East Berlin, it seems the Stasi (secret police) knows about it. When Jacob visits her village, someone informs on him and he is deported. Elisabeth knows who begrudges her this love and takes her revenge. Critics note that in this film, director Heiner Carow revisits the themes of his 1972 smash hit, The Legend of Paul and Paula, which became a cult film throughout Germany.

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Director: Heiner Carow
Germany 1991
DVD, 104 min.

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