The Dove on the Roof

(Die Taube auf dem Dach)

GDR, 1973, 82 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles
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Synopsis

The engineer Linda falls in love with not with one, but two of the men on her construction team, in a film that raises questions about the importance of work, love and happiness in socialist East Germany of the 1970s.

 

When Iris Gusner, one of very few East German female directors, previewed the rough-cut of her debut film, she was accused of presenting an "unrealistic picture of life" and officials banned the film. It did not become widely available in Germany until 2010. Critics praise this film as an example of Nouvelle Vague from the GDR.

Awards

2019 Retrospective, Self-Determined. Retrospective of Woman Filmmakers, Berlin International Film Festival
2018 Images of the Future: The Cinema of East Germany, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Press comments

“A rare female perspective on gender roles in East Germany.”
— Sebastian Heiduschke, Oregon State University

 

“Miraculously vague, like life itself.”
Der Tagesspiegel

 

“A breeze of the impossible covers this film.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

 

“This film is a Nouvelle Vague from the GDR.”
epd-Film

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