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A young woman reflects back on the last two years of her life: her love for Manfred, a talented chemist; his enthusiasm for his success, which turn to bitter disappointment in the face of rejection; his escape to West Berlin a few weeks before the Berlin Wall is erected; and his hope that she will follow.
Based on Christa Wolf's internationally acclaimed novel and criticized in the GDR for questioning the construction of the Wall, Divided Heaven was made during a brief cultural thaw in the early 1960s. Strongly influenced by French Nouvelle Vague cinema, this classic film directed by the legendary Konrad Wolf was praised by critics as one of Germany's 100 Most Important Films.
Unusual and extraordinary... masterful! An important cinematic legacy of the GDR. --Lina Dinkla , Filmzentrale
Konrad Wolf's DEFA classic is one of the most important films about the German-German division through this day. --35Sat TV
Clearly reflects the rich stylistic currents that characterized European filmmaking in the early 60s. --Joshua Feinstein, THE TRIUMPH OF THE ORDINARY