The Airship

Original title: (Das Luftschiff)
GDR, 1982, 116 min, color
In German; English subtitles

Franz Xaver Stannebein, a young boy at the turn of the 20th century, wants to do nothing more than fly. He carries this obsessive dream into his adulthood as a merchant in Spain. One day, he meets German industrialists who want to fund his idea—but they ask him to first build an airfield in Spain. When the Nazis use the field during the Spanish Civil War, Stannebein feels betrayed. To register his complaint, he goes to Germany, where he is committed to an insane asylum in Leipzig. After WWII, his grandson and other family members search for him, only to find the asylum empty...

Special features:
  • New digitally restored transfer
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • “The Flights of Franz Xaver Stannebein,” by film historian Matthias Struch
  • Director Rainer Simon on The Airship (Germany, 2018, dir. Nadine Fuhrhop, 11 min., color, English subtitles)

The Airship

Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

Shibboleth login