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Eolomea

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After several spaceships disappear without a trace near the space station Margot, the High Council is called together. Conflict ensues between Maria Scholl, head of the “Earth Centre” station, and professor Ole Tal, whose daughter is among the missing in space. Against Tal’s will, young scientist Scholl pushes through a ban on all space flight. Meanwhile, on a nearby asteroid, cosmonaut Dan Lagny is dreaming of a return to Earth – and the arms of Maria, whom he met during a vacation on the Galapagos Islands. In fact, the two meet up again in their professional roles on the Margot, where Tal has been waiting for his opponents … A tapestry of new beginning fantasies and psychedelic colours set to easy-listening sounds. Dealing with surprisingly earthbound problems, and peppered with the corresponding props, Eolomea is proof of a cinematic “détente policy” reaching even into East Germany. The script portrays a self-assured, skilled woman and, at her side, the character of Dan, who was an unusually civil captain for the genre. His ostentatious cool is further enhanced by the voice of Manfred Krug, who dubbed the character.

by
Herrmann Zschoche

German Democratic Republic 1972

German

82’ · Colour · 70 mm

Rating R6

With

Cox Habbema
Iwan Andonow
Rolf Hoppe
Wsewolod Sanajew
Peter Slabakow
Wolfgang Greese
Holger Mahlich

Crew

Director
Herrmann Zschoche
Screenplay
Herrmann Zschoche, scenario by Angel Wagenstein
Director of Photography
Günter Jaeuthe
Editing
Helga Gentz
Music
Günther Fischer
Sound
Günther Witt, Georg Gutschmidt
Special Effects
Kurt Marks, Boris Trawkin
Set Construction
Erich Krüllke, Werner Pieske
Costumes
Barbara Müller
Make-up
Lothar Stäglich, Christa Grewald

Biography

Herrmann Zschoche

Born in Dresden, Germany in 1934, he began working as an assistant and cameraman in East German TV. In 1959 he graduated in directing at what is now the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and then worked as an assistant director at the DEFA feature film studios. He made his directorial debut in 1961 with Das Märchenschloss. His 1965 film Karla was banned and only publicly released in 1990. His most important writing partners have included Ulrich Plenzdorf and Christa Kožik. In 2002, he published his autobiography, ‘Sieben Sommersprossen und andere Erinnerungen’.

Filmography (selection)

1961 Die Igelfreundschaft; Uprchlik · Das Märchenschloß 1962 Das Stacheltier - Man lernt nie aus 1963 Lütt Matten und die weiße Muschel 1964 Engel im Fegefeuer 1965 Karla 1967 Leben zu zweit 1969 Weite Straßen - stille Liebe 1972 Eolomea 1974 Liebe mit 16 1975 Philipp, der Kleine 1977 Feuer unter Deck · Sieben Sommersprossen 1979 Glück im Hinterhaus 1980 Und nächstes Jahr am Balaton 1981 Bürgschaft für ein Jahr 1982 Insel der Schwäne; based on the novel by Benno Pludra 1984 Hälfte des Lebens 1987 Die Alleinseglerin 1988 Grüne Hochzeit 1990 Das Mädchen aus dem Fahrstuhl (The Girl in the Lift)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme

Copy: Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Berlin