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Fourteen-year-old Stefan Kolbe, along with his mother and sister, moves from an idyllic small town to the developing area of Berlin-Marzahn, where his father works as a construction worker.... See more »

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Axel Bunke ...
Stefan
Mathias Müller ...
Hubert
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Windjacke
Britt Baumann ...
Rita
Kerstin Reiseck ...
Anja
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Stefans Mutter
Christian Grashof ...
Stefans Vater
Monika Lennartz ...
Frau Meinelt
Dietrich Körner ...
Bremer
Ruth Kommerell ...
Stefans Großmutter
Fritz Marquardt ...
Angler
Heidemarie Wenzel ...
Huberts Mutter
Peter Bause ...
Hausmeister der Schule
Trude Brentina ...
Alte Frau im Fahrstuhl
Wibke Hollersen ...
Sabine
Uwe Kaatz ...
Tasso
Ralf Baatz ...
Paris
Mario Hofmann ...
Micha
Gundel Sroka ...
Heidelinde
Mirko Großer ...
Mario
Toralph Westphal ...
Kinderanführer
Rene Kalaene ...
(as René Kalaene)
Sven Effenberger
Conny Hege ...
Teufel
Günter Richter ...
Tod
Christoph Posselt ...
Ritter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Odette Bereska ...
(uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Gertraud Last ...
(uncredited)
Marga Legal ...
(uncredited)
Martin Lietz ...
(uncredited)
Constantin Lukanoff ...
(uncredited)
Ahmad Mesgarha ...
(uncredited)
René Rudolph ...
(uncredited)
Robert Trösch ...
(uncredited)

Directed by

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Herrmann Zschoche

Written by

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Benno Pludra ... (novel)
 
Ulrich Plenzdorf ... (scenario)
 
Herrmann Zschoche ... (screenplay)
 
Gabriele Herzog ... (story editor)

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Peter Gotthardt

Cinematography by

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Günter Jaeuthe

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Erika Lehmphul

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Harry Leupold

Costume Design by

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Joachim Dittrich

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Monika Heinrich ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Hans-Erich Busch ... production manager
Rüdiger Lieberenz ... unit manager
Peter Schlaak ... unit manager
Heinz Schwoch ... unit manager

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Sibylle Schönemann ... assistant director
Burghardt Seidemann ... second unit director: Gruppe "Ritter, Tod und Teufel"

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Regina Fritzsche ... construction coordinator
Wolfgang Piwon ... props
Ingo Pries ... property master

Sound Department

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Helga Kadenbach ... sound mixer
Günter Witt ... sound

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Eckhardt Hartkopf ... camera operator
Horst Klaucke ... gaffer
Waltraud Pathenheimer ... assistant camera

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Plot Summary

Fourteen-year-old Stefan Kolbe, along with his mother and sister, moves from an idyllic small town to the developing area of Berlin-Marzahn, where his father works as a construction worker. Stefan must find his way in a completely new environment and surrounded by strange people. Stefan gets to know two girls, who attempt to seduce him, and gets himself into trouble with the landlord, who kisses up to societal authority figures. He becomes friends with the anxious Hubert, defends him against the constant humiliation of the older student Windjacke, and encourages him to stand up for himself. It ends tragically in a bitter fight between Stefan and Windjacke. Written by DEFA Film Library

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Also Known As
  • Island of Swans (World-wide, English title)
  • Swan Island
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  • 85 min
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