BAD VIBRATIONS - Youth of the East 1979/80 Saturday 18 January 2014, 17.30

In search of GDR’s lost youth images

'Why a film on those people?' and 'Saturday, Sunday, early Monday' are great works of Eastern German film history. As authentic films on the Eastern German youth before the fall of the iron curtain are rare. Too much socialist realism is the best explanation. The works of the film students Hannes Schönemann and Thomas Heise weren't recognised too positively by the College of Film and Television, which was the only school for talented filmmakers in those days. 'Our youth is not like this' – was the knockout argument, against which the two young filmmakers had to fight.

What is left of the socialist production, how the weekend feels for Detti, Eilu and Fletscher, three teens from Karwe in Brandenburg, that's what Hannes Schönemann has captured in an impressive atmospheric density in his 45min diploma film 'Saturday, Sunday, early Monday'. About youth images, youth myths and the silent power of the factual – there will be a discussion with the director Hannes Schönemann afterwards.

The Thalia in the Görlitzer Straße 6 presents, in cooperation with the dresdner schmalfilmtage, two further films of Thomas Heise, on 21st January, 2014: 'Traffic jam – now it gets started.' and on 28th January, 2014 'Children. How time flies!'