The Land Beyond the Rainbow

(Das Land hinter dem Regenbogen)

Germany, 1991, 89 min, color
In German; English subtitles
Set Design
Costume Design
Music (Score)


This harsh, yet poetic critique of Stalinism in East Germany centers on the mythical village of Stalina in 1953. The villagers legitimize injustice by glorifying “real existing socialism” … at the same time as they experience their own destruction by the system. . Only children – like the Rainmaker and Marie – still believe in the goodness of people and true love. 


Part of the series WENDE FLICKS: Last Films from East Germany.


In his directorial DEFA feature film debut, Herwig Kipping sets out to explore the roots of the socialist society in which he grew up. Critics credit this film with being one of the most radical condemnations of East Germany, a mixture of Hieronymus Bosch and Breughel “dominated by picturesque tableaux, canvasses awakened to filmic life, contemporary history bundled together in close-ups.” The DVD features the director's cut of the film.


2009 Official Selection, South African Tri-Continental Film Festival
1992 Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival
1992 German Film Award in Silver

Press comments

“Archaic images from the art history album. Bosch and Fellini, Breughel and Dovzhenko, the Bible and the Brothers Grimm. … I count [this film] among the most important discoveries at the end of ‘old’ DEFA.”
— Ralf Schenk, film historian


“This film might one day become a document of the turmoil of the times – of the tension, the liberation, the involvement, the distortions, and especially of the newly awakened desire for creative opposition.”
— Rolf Richter, film historian


“A meditation on false beginnings and the uses and abuses of ideologies.”
— Reinhild Steingröver, Eastman School of Music


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DVD Bonus Features:
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • Film Review by Ralf Schenk
  • Written Interview with Herwig Kipping
  • WENDE FLICKS Series Trailer
  • About The Wende Museum

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