30.09. - 09.10.2021

Your Presence Is Imperative German Democratic Republic 1983 | 75 min | OV | Colour | FF 2014

Helmut Dziuba

Helmut Dziuba (1933-2012) made a name for himself in the GDR as a director of children's and youth films. He specialized in filming popular works of GDR children's books.

rated for 0 + years
16-year old Elisabeth, daughter of a leading GDR functionary, grows up in sheltered surroundings. She has no social or financial worries and is taken to school every day in her Dad's official Volga. The sudden death of her father shocks Elisabeth and gives her the feeling of being abandoned. She seeks contact with her elder brother Peter, who was critical of their father and had distanced himself from the family. Slowly, Elisabeth begins to see life and her view of her father differently. This credible portrait of young people was officially accused of being "resigned melancholy" and only just avoided being banned by the GDR censors.
Original title: Erscheinen Pflicht
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language:
Section: GDR Deluxe
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Helmut Dziuba
Screenplay: Helmut Dziuba nach einer Vorlage von Gerhard Holtz-Baumert
Cast: Vivian Hanjohr, Frank Nowak, Lissy Tempelhof, Peter Sodann, Alfred Müller, Simone von Zglinicki, Gudrun Ritter, Gert Gütschow
Director of Photography: Helmut Bergmann
Music: Christian Steyer
Production Design: Heinz Röske
Editor: Barbara Simon
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: 35 mm
German Distributor: Deutsche Kinemathek
World Sales: Deutsche Kinemathek, DEFA Film Library (USA)
Production: DEFA-Studio für Spielfilme
Contact: Deutsche Kinemathek:, DEFA Stiftung:


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