Der gläserne Himmel

The Glass Sky
Julien works in an office and lives with his invalid mother and his girlfriend in a pre-war Paris apartment. He feels like the two women take advantage of him and at night, he dreams of sex and violence. Meanwhile, a murderer is loose in Paris, killing women. One day in the metro, Julien believes he sees a murder victim from his dreams; the enigmatic beauty leads him into an old shopping arcade peopled by strange figures, where he meets prostitute Bichette. The independent, confident young woman starts an affair with the clerk. But then Julien witnesses a real murder in the glass-roofed arcade … This erotic mystery-thriller about female desire and voyeuristic lust combines elements of film noir with those of an elegant extravaganza. The illustrious passageways of the real Paris metro lead to a surreal fantasy world, raising the spectre of illicit facets of the female imagination that have long been taboo. Combining that with exquisitely composed images, The Glass Sky becomes a sensuous cinematic fairy tale.
by Nina Grosse
with Helmut Berger, Sylvie Orcier, Agnes Fink, Maria Hartmann, Tobias Engel
Federal Republic of Germany 1987 German 87’ Colour, 35 mm Rating R12


  • Helmut Berger
  • Sylvie Orcier
  • Agnes Fink
  • Maria Hartmann
  • Tobias Engel
  • Flora St. Loup
  • Klaus Mikoleit
  • Jean François Derec
  • Circe


Written and directed byNina Grosse, based on the novella “El otro cielo” by Julio Cortazar
CinematographyHans-Günther Bücking
EditingPatricia Rommel
MusicFlora St. Loup
SoundHolger Gimpel
Art DirectorRainer Schaper
CostumesRegine Gothe
ProducersHerbert Rimbach, Alena Rimbach
Commissioning EditorAxel von Hahn

Additional information

Film print: Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin


Der gläserne Himmel | + short film

Die Wahrheit um den Froschkönig | Der gläserne Himmel

Feb 14 19:00

CinemaxX 8

Subtitles: English

Guests: Nina Grosse, Sylvie Orcier

Ticket code 140093

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Feb 15 21:30


Subtitles: English

Ticket code 150382

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