Stein © DEFA-Stiftung, Heinz Pufahl
|Leipzig Men's Broadcast Choir|
|Leipzig Symphony Broadcast Orchestra|
|The Deller Choir|
|DEFA Studio Babelsberg GmbH|
Well-known actor Ernst Stein (played by Rolf Ludwig) protested against the military invasion of Prague in 1968 by quitting the stage during a performance of "King Lear," never to return. For him, the theater has lost its claim to being a moral institution.
Stein spends the next two decades living on the outskirts of Berlin and receding into his own imagination. With a reputation for being a peculiar outsider, his only friends are the neighborhood young people, including twenty-year-old Sara, who he falls in love with. But even Stein's isolated existance is turned upside down by the political and social upheaval of the Wende.
Frederico Fellini Prize for Best Actor (Rolf Ludwig), Viareggio International Film Festival