Isabel on the Stairs

(Isabel auf der Treppe)

GDR, 1984, 69 min, Color
In German; no subtitles
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Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Isabel and her mother live in East Berlin. They escaped from Chile, where her father is fighting against the Pinochet dictatorship. At first the neighbors made an effort to welcome them; then they became more distant. Though Isabel’s mother has a job and spends time with other Chilean exiles, she feels lonely and unwelcome in Germany. But Isabel and Philipp, the neighbors’ son, are close friends. Every day, Isabel sits on the stairs waiting; she has not seen or heard from her father for six years.

 

Based on a radio drama by Waltraud Lewin.

Awards

1985 Young Audience Jury Prize, "Golden Sparrow" National Festival of Children's Cinema and Television Films, Gera

 

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