A film about living and working conditons in the GDR of the 60's Includes a little lovestory of course.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manfred Krug ...
Hannes Balla
Krystyna Stypulkowska ...
Kati Klee
Jutta Hoffmann ...
Kati Klee (voice)
Eberhard Esche ...
Werner Horrath
Johannes Wieke ...
Hermann Jansen
Walter Richter-Reinick ...
Richard Trautmann
Hans-Peter Minetti ...
Heinz Bleibtreu
Walter Jupé ...
Ingeborg Schumacher ...
Marianne Horrath
Gertrud Brendler ...
Frau Schickedanz
Helga Göring ...
Erich Mirek ...
Oswald Ziemer
Fred Ludwig ...
Helmut Schreiber ...
Erik Veldre ...
Dieter Jochmann


Hannes Balla is the foreman of a group of building construction workers at the large construction site "Schkona" in the GDR. They spend most of their time working hard and drinking harder - to some they are fun, to some they are a public nuisance. Things get more complicated when the good-looking Kati Klee is employed as a young technician, and the ambitious new Party Secretary, Werner Horrath, aims to boost work efficiency and downsize Balla's ego. Kati slowly warms up to Werner, but is also attracted to Balla's nonconformity. A contemporary movie about work, love, and everything in between. Written by c.winter

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1 July 1966 (East Germany)  »

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Trace of Stones  »

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2.35 : 1
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Frank Beyer was planning on including songs by the famous East-German songwriter Wolf Biermann in the opening scene and the trailer (one of which had been written especially for the movie). However, Biermann fell from grace with the GDR's government due to his political stance, and a collaboration became out of the question. See more »


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a great and honest gdr film

A delightful film that is far more truthful about life in GDR than one might expect from DEFA--understandably but unfortunately banned by the government for how thoughtfully and ambivalently it portrays the party. Rather straightforward style, with some wonderful shots but altogether rather conservative and uneventful in terms of camera shots. All the better for the characters and the plots, though, which are compelling enough. Not a trivial love story, though with its cliched moments, it is more poignant and ambiguous and unpredictable than similar DEFA films. Balla is great to watch, and nicely tempers the potential melodrama of Kati and Werner. None of the characters is simpleminded or heroic, all are fleshed out well.

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