Star-Crossed Lovers

(Königskinder)

GDR, 1962, 88 min, B&W
In German; English subtitles
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Synopsis

Magdalena and Michael have loved each other since they were children. But when the Nazis come to power, Michael rebels against the regime and is sentenced to fifteen years in a concentration camp. Magdalena, meanwhile, goes underground with the help of a friend and later immigrates to the Soviet Union.

 

Michael, who has joined the Red Army, discovers on the way to Moscow that Magdalena is staying there. But when his plane lands, she is already on her way back to Germany.  Michael hopes that one day, he and Magdalena will be reunited.

Commentary

Set in the historical context of anti-Nazi resistance, this love story explores the moral issues of the period. Beyer's second antifascist film, it stands out stylistically due to its clear references to the work of the contemporary Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.

Awards

1962 Medal of Recognition, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

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