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Directed by Frank Beyer. Screenplay by Frank Beyer and Karl Georg Egel. German Democratic Republic, 1966, 139 min., in German with English subtitles. An introduction to the film will be provided by Dr. Hester Baer, Associate Professor and Head of Germanic Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. A discussion will follow the screening. Led by their swashbuckling foreman, Hannes Balla's crew makes mischief around the construction site where they work, challenging authority and ignoring strict rules. When the Socialist Party sends its secretary to reestablish order, both a power struggle and a love triangle ensue between Balla, the Party representative, and a young engineer. Foreman Hannes Balla is the self-proclaimed king of a massive construction site. His coworkers stick close to him, like musketeers, as long as he makes sure they are paid. But things stop running smoothly when materials get scarce and two newcomers arrive on the site: Kati, a young engineer, and Werner Horrath, the new Party Secretary. Balla's swaggering, reminiscent of Hollywood gunslingers, melts away as he realizes he is in love with Kati. But Horrath loves the young engineer as well, despite being devoted to his wife and children in Rostock. A love triangle ensues. Things get complicated when Horrath cannot make up his mind and gets entangled in lies, pretending his motives have to do with his work. Frank Beyer, one of the most important German directors of the postwar period, directed some of Germany's most powerful and historically significant films. Born in Noblitz, Germany in 1932, he first studied drama in Berlin. He then transferred to the famed Prague Film School (FAMU), where he studied directing alongside Miloš Forman and other promising Czechoslovakian directors. After completing his FAMU thesis film, Zwei Mütter, he joined the DEFA Studios as a freelance assistant director in 1957. Beyer was already an established director for DEFA when he made Trace of Stones in 1966; ho
  • Start:March 11, 2019
  • End:March 11, 2019
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  • Where:Landmark's West End Cinema, 2301 M Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20593
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