When Unku was Ede's Friend

(Als Unku Edes Freundin war)

GDR, 1980, 67 min, b&w
In German; no subtitles
Credits:
Director
Script
Dramaturg
Editor
Camera
Set Design
Costume Design
Music (Score)
Cast

Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Ede comes from a very poor family in Berlin, and he wishes for a bicycle so that he could earn more money at his job as a newspaper boy. When a group of gypsies moves to town, Ede's family and friends are upset by his friendship with Unku, a gypsy girl. When Unku steals some money, these prejudices initially seem justified, but it turns out that she only wanted to help Ede.

 

This film, based on Alex Wedding's book Ede and Unku, depicts children's life in the twenties and is part of a trilogy of historical children's films by director Helmut Dziuba.

 

Awards

1982 Heinrich Greif Prize, Class 1 (Helmut Dziuba, Hans Albert Pederzani, Helmut Bergmann, Harry Leupold)
1981 Best Children's Film Award from the USSR Ministry of the People's Education, Moscow International Film Festival

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