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The Hyderabad Film Club, in association with Goethe Zenthrum Hyderabad, is presenting a festival of German Films directed by Helmut Kautner, at the Sarathi Studio and the Goethe premises, from 18th to 24th September. As part of the festival, "Sky Without Stars" is being screened today at Goethe-Zenthrum, the German Association.
This is a rare screening of the emotional tale of starcrossed lovers kept apart by the deadly divide of the border between West and East Germany. Anna’s son is being raised in the West by his grandparents. Her attempt to steal him away to the East leads to romance with West-German border guard Karl. They regularly meet in the dangerous no-man’s land to plan a life together in the West.
Like we said, Sky Without Stars has been termed by critics as one of the most underrated masterpieces of German cinema of the '50s.
Helmut Kaeutner was born in 1908 in Duesseldorf and died in 1980 in Italy. He studied German, Art History, Philosophy, Psychology and Theater Studies. He began his film career as a scriptwriter. His directorial debut was with Kitty And The World Conference (Kitty Und Die Weltkonferenz, 1939), but the film was withdrawn by the Nazi government due to its pro-English tendencies.
Later on, he went on to make great films like Kleider Machen Leute (1940), Auf Wiedersehen Franziska! (1941), Anuschka (1942), Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7 (1944), In Jenen Tagen (1947), Des Teufels General (1955), Zu Jung (1958) and Die Feuerzangenbowle (1970).
His film Dis Letzte Bruecke won a German Film Award in 1954, and Der Hauptmann Von Koepenik won two German Film Awards in 1957.
Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy, Secretary of the Hyderabad Film Club, at 93910-20243, or Goethe-Zenthrum at 5552-6443/2324-1791 for further details.