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  • Actors: Cox Habbema, Ivan Andonov, Rolf Hoppe, Vsevolod Sanayev, Peter Slabakov
  • Directors: Herrmann Zschoche
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PW3TM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,047 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eolomea" on IMDb

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A film by Hermann Zschoche. A mysterious message-- "Eolomea" -- is received on Earth from a sector of space. Within three days, eight cargo ships disappear from the sector, and a space station goes silent. What is Eolomea - and who on Earth knows about it?

With shades of Tarkovsky, Kubrick, and even Jess Franco, this striking sci-fi classic from the legendary DEFA film studio features a spectacular space exploration plot grounded in realism the scientists drink and swear, the bureaucrats get in the way, and the space stations are reminiscent of MIR.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Hoffman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Remember the famous Pre-WWII German films of Pabst, Monau, Fritz Lang? Okay, the only connection between this film, and those, is that EOLOMEA was filmed in the same Berlin film studios as those other masterpieces. Are you into the German new wave cinema of Fassbinder, Schlondoerf, and Werner Herzog? EOLOMEA's director Herr Zschoche doesnt even come close to those directors. Dont expect anything like Tarkovsky's SOLARIS either. I'm not condemning this film tho. At least this SCI FI film from DEFA Film Studios was not lampooned like another DEFA scifi film, FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS, by Mystery Science theater 3000. The setup for this film is a mysterious message "EOLOMEA" that's recieved on earth, from far away in space. Nobody seems to know anything about it. Then, 8 space ships go missing, and a space station breaks off communication. On top of that is a love story between an astronaut stuck on an outpost observation station on a distant moon, and a woman working on Earth for the space agency. There's lots of flashback cinematic bits here, as the astronaut remembers his vacation on earth, and falling for this woman. Add to the plot some odd politicalized speaches given by the head of the space agency, who's best friend is an elderly astronaut stationed with the love struck male lead on the moonbase. Throw in some space viruses, secret missions, father and son issues, and a live pet turtle, and ZAZAM, you have yourself East German Space cinema circa 1972.

The special effects (read: miniatures), the costumes and sets can't compare to Star Wars, or even 2001 A Space Odyssey, since big budget filming was seen as essencially bourgeois by the DDR.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 5, 2010
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There's a place for us,
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us
Somewhere.
There's a time for us,
Some day a time for us,
Time together with time to spare,
Time to look, time to care,
Someday!
Somewhere.
We'll find a new way of living,
We'll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere.

There's a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we're half way there.
Hold my hand and I'll take you there
Somehow,
Someday,
Somewhere!
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Now DEFA bring that reality to us in the form of a futuristic space movie. This story is surprisingly well portrayed given the budget and the era of production.

Should we even be exploring space? Some of our spaceships are missing. Are we up against some unknown force or a diabolical plot? Moreover, just who are the good guys and bad guys if any?

Because Professor Oli Tal's (Rolf Hoppe) daughter is among the missing, he goes in search of the answers. Yet it looks like he already knows something.

To add to the confusion or complexity we have a long-distance love story between Daniel 'Dan' Lagny (Iwan Andonov) and Prof. Maria Scholl (Cox Habbema). Will love triumph or is there a higher purpose?
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I have to admit I cheated and watched with subtitles. However, after a while I had to ignore them, as the English translation is not very accurate when an attempt was made to explain instead of, translate. It may have been more useful of the subtitles were in German.
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The DVD contains the standard extras. After watching them you need to re-visit the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. Schar VINE VOICE on July 11, 2014
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"Eolomea" succeeds very well at being what it is - a 70s vintage sci-fi B movie. It's not fair to evaluate this movie in 2014 on the strength of its special effect compared to today, or even compared to the still-to-come "Star Wars." Instead, when you place this in the context of zero-budget US and Italian sci-fi movies of the period, it fares very well indeed. The plot has some holes and can be a bit difficult to follow at times. The crux of the movie - the key discovery that is mentioned partway through - isn't explained very well.

But, the sets and effects seem less cardboard than the western counterparts of the period. The acting is decent, and by understating costumes and the details of "Erde Zentral," it ages better than its western counterparts.

The ending is incredibly subversive. I can't believe the DDR allowed this to be made in the first place, much less screened. Ultimately the entire movie is about a small group of dedicated individuals doing something on the sly against the wishes of the central government, Erde Zentral.

Overall, I enjoyed this. It wasn't the best thing I've ever seen, and I wouldn't rush out to buy it. However, it is well worth a rental, as a time capsule of filmmaking in the 70s in the land of the Stasi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John S. Socha on January 16, 2014
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I've seen worse from the wrong side of The Wall, but this one did not WOW me. Still not bad, and certainly better than the chintzy Italian dreck that shows up on the 2-films-for-$5 sets!
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