German Democratic Republic 1975Language:GermanSubtitles:No SubtitleDirector:Roland GräfWriter:Martin Stephan, Manfred WolterCinematographer:Jürgen LenzEditor:Monika SchindlerMusic:Günther Fischer, Gerhard RosenfeldSound:Peter Foerster, Rolf Prochazka, Gerhard RibbeckWith:Erwin Geschonneck, Elsa Grube-Deister, Jutta Wachowiak, Gert GütschowProduction Company:DEFA Studio für SpielfilmeDistributor:Deutsche Kinemathek/DEFA Filmverleih88 min, Colour, DVD

Karl Achilles – excellently played by Erwin Geschonneck – retires after working at the chemistry combinate in Bitterfeld (Saxony-Anhalt) At the age of 65 he does this voluntarily, but not with pleasure, as he still feels strong and active. A young man, technical school graduate Bahre, is already testing out Achilles’ workplace. A banquet for his dignified retirement with a promotion, praise and a private celebration with his family doesn’t make it any easier for him to bid farewell from the company he has been working with since the end of WWII. In his second film, Roland Gräf shows us a look at the socialist workers’ reality, which neither delves in kitsch nor into cliché.

Director's Biography:Born in Meuselstadt in Thuringia, October 19, 1934. Industrial salesman, studied camerawork at the Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg. Since 1960 cameraman and later director at the East German national film studio DEFA. From 1997-2001 professor at the Konrad Wolf Film University. From 2007 until his death digital photographer.

The film screening is part of the photography exhibition "My LAST PICTURE SHOW" which will open on Sat, 09th November 2019 at 8pm in the Landesmuseum Braunschweig. Free entrance!


  • 09.11.2019 20:00 Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum