THE TURNING POINT
- THE TURNING POINT
- (DER AUFENTHALT)
- (aka HELD FOR QUESTIONING)
- 1982, Frank Beyer, East Germany, 102 min.
- With Sylvester Groth, Fred Düren
The theme of the flexibility and arbitrariness of truth that marked Beyer’s JAKOB THE LIAR is also central to this tense postwar prison drama. Mark, a young German soldier, is accused by a Polish woman of being the SS officer who murdered her daughter. From that point on, Mark is thrown into a Kafkaesque nightmare of accusation and persecution--first in solitary confinement, then among Polish prisoners who detest him, and finally among German prisoners who assume that he is a spy planted by the Poles. East Germany’s official submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In German and Polish with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)