The Border Crossing

(Der Übergang)

GDR, 1978, 78 min, color
In German; no subtitles
Credits:
Director
Assistant Director
Script
Dramaturg
Editor
Camera
Set Design
Costume Design
Make-up
Music (Score)
Consultant
Narrator
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Synopsis

In 1973, shortly after the fascist Junta coup in Chile, three men—the worker Carlos, the student Juan and the government official Lorenzo—are trying to flee over the Andes to Argentina. Along the way, they witness the murder of a farmer by Chilean policemen. When Juan needs medical attention for torture wounds he received in prison, they end up at the home of the farmer's heavily pregnant wife and stay to help her give birth.

 

Once they finally cross the border, their application for asylum is denied. Carlos and Lorenzo are caught and brought back to Chile, but Juan escapes and tries to rescue his companions.

Awards

1979

Special Recognition as a DEFA Contribution to Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Critics' Poll of the Theory and Criticism Section of the GDR Film and Television Professionals

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