Solo Sunny

(Solo Sunny)

GDR, 1979, 102 min, Color
In German; English subtitles
Credits:
Director
Script
Dramaturg
Editor
Camera
Set Design
Costume Design
Music (Score)
Music (Performance)
Cast

Synopsis

Sunny (Renate Krößner, Go for Zucker), an aspiring singer, longs for fulfillment and to be recognized as someone special. She gets kicked out of her band, but starts over in the "underground" scene of East Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg. In this film, which is based on a true story, Konrad Wolf and Wolfgang Kohlhaase addressed the longings and frustrations of East German youth.

Commentary

This smash hit and huge box office success is ranked by film critics among the 100 Most Significant German Films of all time. Solo Sunny also artfully captures the East German "70's style" in its gritty-glitzy visuals and its catchy soundtrack.

 

 Its success promised a youthful renewal in DEFA, yet two "discoveries" among its youth talent – star Renate Krößner and cinematographer Eberhard Geick – soon felt compelled to pursue their careers in the West.

Awards

2010 Shown at the Berlin International Film Festival, Homage to Wolfgang Kohlhaase
1981 Best Contemporary Film of the Year 1980, Critics' Poll of the Theory and Criticism Section of the GDR Association of Film and Television Professionals
1980 Silver Bear for Best Actress (Renate Krößner), Berlin International Film Festival
1980 FIPRESCI Critics' Prize, Berlin International Film Festival
1980 Gold Plaque for Best Script (Konrad Wolf and Wolfgang Kohlhaase), Chicago International Film Festival
1980 Best Actress (Renate Krößner), GDR National Feature Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt
1980 Best Director (Konrad Wolf and Wolfgang Kohlhaase), GDR National Feature Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt
1980 Best Cinematography (Eberhard Geick), GDR National Feature Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt
1980 Best Editor (Evelyn Carow), GDR National Feature Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt
1980 Best Score (Günther Fischer), GDR National Feature Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt
1980 Best Set Design (Alfred Hirschmeier), GDR National Feature Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt
1980 Best Supporting Actress (Heide Kipp), GDR National Feature Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt
1980 Best Supporting Actor (Dieter Montag), GDR National Feature Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt

Press comments

“Critical and refreshing, entertaining!”
Variety

 

“An energetic script and plentiful views of Berlin.”
The New York Times

 

“Magnificent cinematography, very good acting and catchy music.”
— Maria Ulfsak, FIPRESCI

 

“SOLO SUNNY was widely regarded at the time of its 1980 release as perhaps the best film to come out of East Germany, and, with the passing of time, that ‘perhaps’ might safely be removed.”
— Dave Kehr, The New York Times

 

“Competing today, it would be the best indie film of the year.”
— 2005 Berlin Film Festival 

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