Berlinale: Programme


Film file

Retrospective

Die Verantwortung

Responsibility

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An interrogation of a juvenile delinquent. Worker Peter Müller, 19, stole a car and drove drunk. He now has to answer for his offenses to the conflict resolution commission of his factory. Müller admits his mistakes. A colleague says “no vandal would behave that way”. His sentence is correspondingly light. The young offender must re-do his eighth-grade exams and continue his vocational training ... The film depicts youth culture away from state and party structures, with young girls in bell-bottoms, young men playing pinball and an encounter on the dance floor staged as a photo spread. Responsibility tackles the issue of the threats to East Germany’s younger generation, but believes in their ability to prove themselves.

Germany (GDR 1949 to 1990) 1966, 27 min

by

Kurt Tetzlaff