Childhood

(Kindheit)

GDR, 1987, 87 min, color
In German; English subtitles
Credits:
Director
Script
Editor
Camera
Set Design
Music (Performance)
Cast

Synopsis

At the end of WWII, Alfons lives with his grandparents on a farm in a Silesian village. He adores his grandmother (Carmen-Maja Antoni), who runs everything after her husband dies. But everything changes after a travelling showman (Fritz Marquardt) arrives in the xenophobic village.

 

The film, written and directed by Siegfried Kühn, reflects on the director’s childhood memories and wartime experiences and was enthusiastically described by critics as a mixture of fiction and realism.

Press comments

"A true auteur film. A poetic and subjective reflection on the final days of the war."

— Film und Fernsehen

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