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Cox Habbema ...
Prof. Maria Scholl
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Daniel Lagny (as Iwan Andonov)
Rolf Hoppe ...
Prof. Oli Tal
Vsevolod Sanaev ...
Kun, the pilot (as Wsewolod Sanajew)
Petar Slabakov ...
Pierre Brodsky (as Peter Slabakow)
Wolfgang Greese ...
Chairman
Holger Mahlich ...
Navigator
Benjamin Besson ...
Capt. Sima Kun
Evelyn Opoczynski ...
Scholl's co-worker
Justus Fritzsche ...
Griva
Heidemarie Schneider ...
Sima Kun's adjutant
Arndt-Michael Schade ...
1st Rescue technician
Harald Wandel ...
2nd Rescue technician
Jürgen Scharfenberg ...
3rd Rescue technician
Ivan Ivanov ...
Receptionist (as Iwan Iwanow)
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Eight space cargo-ships disappear without a trace within three days. And the orbit station "Margot" has suddenly fallen silent. The space council is faced with a mystery and the scientist in charge, Maria Scholl, sees no other solution than ordering a total flight stop to this mysterious sector of space. Her colleague, Prof. Tal seems to be suspicious since he knows things before they are even released. A forbidden look into his personal file brings to light that Tal was part of the Eolomea project that never found approval of the commission in charge. Written by DEFA Film Library

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Surprisingly good.
16 July 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is set in the future and space travel is much more commonplace. There are space stations and ships all throughout our solar system and there is a certain predictability about such travel. However, suddenly several ships disappear and are assumed lost. The space authorities on Earth are so concerned that they put a halt to all space travel until they can unravel this mystery--ships DON'T just disappear!

When most people think of sci-fi films, they usually don't think about East German. However, this nation produced several that were surprisingly good. Now you must understand, however, that this was NOT Hollywood. The budgets were not nearly as large and so the sets looked a little less sophisticated--but considering everything, they actually did a good job with the money they had. Quality-wise this film looks rather similar to ITV's "UFO" series from the same era.

As for the style film, I wasn't thrilled with how the plot bounced around so much--from the past to the present. It made the film a bit confusing at first. However, the plot itself was excellent--bringing up some wonderful points about just how far other intelligent life might be from our planet. Unlike most sci-fi movies where they go from one planetary system to another in what seems like minutes, this film realizes such a journey would really take several lifetimes. The utter loneliness and commitment to such a project was well captured here and the film really makes you think.


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