The Turning Point

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1983
  • Running time: 102 min
The Turning Point (German: Der Aufenthalt) is a 1983 East German film directed by Frank Beyer and starring Sylvester Groth, Fred Düren and Klaus Piontek. The film is based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Hermann Kant, which was based on Kant's... read more

The Turning Point (German: Der Aufenthalt) is a 1983 East German film directed by Frank Beyer and starring Sylvester Groth, Fred Düren and Klaus Piontek. The film is based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Hermann Kant, which was based on Kant's own experience as a prisoner of war in Poland. The film tells the story of a German prisoner of war at the end of World War II who is wrongly accused of being a war criminal. The film was controversial upon release as Polish commentators criticized that the film showed the Polish army wrongly accusing someone of war crimes. Nevertheless, the film was successful and won several awards and was the East German official submission to the 56th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

Original Release

01/20/1983

Cast

Sylvester Groth Mark Niebuhr
Fred Düren General Eisensteck
Matthias Günther Hauptsturmführer
Klaus Piontek Major Lundenbroich / Major Ludenbroich
Roman Wilhelmi Ohnehals
Hans-Uwe Bauer Obergefreiter Fenske / Karl-Heinz Fenske
Alexander van Heteren Jan Beveren
Horst Hiemer Gasmann
Günter Junghans Gestapokommissar Rodloff
Krzysztof Chamiec Chef
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Frank Beyer

Writers

Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Hermann Kant, Dieter Wolf

Cast

Sylvester Groth Mark Niebuhr
Fred Düren General Eisensteck
Matthias Günther Hauptsturmführer
Klaus Piontek Major Lundenbroich / Major Ludenbroich
Roman Wilhelmi Ohnehals
Hans-Uwe Bauer Obergefreiter Fenske / Karl-Heinz Fenske
Alexander van Heteren Jan Beveren
Horst Hiemer Gasmann
Günter Junghans Gestapokommissar Rodloff
Krzysztof Chamiec Chef
Gustaw Lutkiewicz Szybko
Michael Gerber Hauptmann Schulski
Zygmunt Maciejewski Eugeniusz
Fred Ludwig Deutscher Gefangener
Jochen Diestelmann Deutscher Gefangener
Reiner Heise Erich Seiffert
Andrzej Krasicki Amtsarzt
Andrzej Pieczynski Leutnant
Leonard Andrzejewski Aufnahmebeamter
Eberhard Kirchberg Oberleutnant Müller

Editors

Rita Hiller

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