THE TURNING POINT

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  1. THE TURNING POINT
  1. (DER AUFENTHALT)
  2. (aka HELD FOR QUESTIONING)
  3. 1982, Frank Beyer, East Germany, 102 min.
  4. 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)