- SOLO SUNNY
- 1980, Konrad Wolf and Wolfgang Kohlhaase,
- East Germany, 102 min.
- With Renate Krössner, Alexander Lang
“SOLO SUNNY was widely regarded at the time of its 1980 release as perhaps the best film to come out of East Germany, and, with the passing of time, that ‘perhaps’ might safely be removed.”
—Dave Kehr, The New York Times
Wolf’s last film (co-directed with longtime screenwriting colleague Kohlhaase) was a tremendous popular hit in the GDR and a prime example of the less doctrinaire side of East German cinema. Defiantly out of step with the prevailing ethos of socialist collectivism, the impulsive, individualistic Sunny is a second-rate singer for a third-rate rock band. She battles with her neighbors, embarks on an affair with a morose sax player, and yearns for the success that has always eluded her. Winner of the Silver Bear (Best Actress) at the 1980 Berlin Film Festival; Best Screenplay Award at the 1980 Chicago Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)