Filming Seitensprung © DEFA-Stiftung, Klaus Goldmann
Evelyn Schmidt, director, scriptwriter, and dramaturg, was born in Görlitz in 1949 and moved to Berlin in 1963. She spent a year as an apprentice with the East German television company and, in 1973, graduated with a degree in directing from the Film and Television Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg.
Schmidt participated in Konrad Wolf's master class at the Academy of the Arts in East Berlin from 1973-1977. From 1977 to 1990 she worked as an assistant director, and later as a director at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films.
Evelyn Schmidt was one of the few female film directors in East Germany. Her DEFA debut film, Seitensprung, was showcased at the Berlin International Film Festival. Critical of her frank portrayal of a less-than-ideal socialist citizen in Das Fahrrad, East German officials turned down all invitations to screen the film abroad and, for three years, Schmidt was not allowed to make another film.
Since 1993, Schmidt has directed documentaries for television and produced thirteen plays at an experimental, “off”-theater in Berlin. She has taught at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg and, since 2003, at the private Drama School in Berlin-Charlottenburg.
Bibliography & More:
Cormican, Muriel. “Queer Moments and Crucial Optimism in Evelyn Schmidt’s Das Fahrrad (1981). Feminist German Studies, vol. 37 no.2, 2021. Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2021. 27-52.
|1991||Rote Socken im Grauen Kloster (Red Socks in the Grey Cloister, short documentary, TV)|
|1990||Der Hut (The Hat)|
|1987||Felix und der Wolf (Felix and the Wolf)|
|1984||Auf dem Sprung (Crossroads)|
|1981||Das Fahrrad (The Bicycle)|
|1978||Der Übergang (The Border Crossing, assistant director)|
|1976||Lasset die Kindlein… (Let the Children... TV)|
|1974||Greta Heckenrose (short feature film)|