Next Year at Lake Balaton

(Und nächstes Jahr am Balaton)

GDR, 1980, 89 min, Color
In German; English subtitles
Credits:
Director
Script
Dramaturg
Editor
Camera
Set Design
Costume Design
Music (Score)
Cast

Synopsis

Jonas and Ines are in love and want to spend their vacation together camping on the Baltic coast. But Ines’s narrow-minded parents intervene and insist that the young couple joins the family vacation. Problems arise, so everyone ends up traveling to the Bulgarian Black Sea on their own. Along the way, Jonas meets a beautiful Dutch girl who is going to India via Turkey…

 

Director Herrmann Zschoche’s road movie is a humorous look at East German travel restrictions and how they played out for young people who longed to roam and see the world.

Awards

1980 Prize for Best DEFA Film, "Neues Leben" Youth Magazine

Press comments

“A road movie and comedic summer film about young love, wanderlust and the travel limitations that existed [in the former GDR].”   —Cinémathèque Leipzig

 

“Entertaining and full of verve!”     —Lexikon des internationalen Films

Availability

Special features:
  • New digitally restored version
  • Turn subtitles on/off

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