Dziuba, Helmut


Helmut Dziuba was born in Dresden in 1933. He studied directing under Sergei Gerassimov and Michail Romm at the Moscow Film Academy (VGIK) from 1953 to 1962, along with Aleksandr Mitta and Andrei Tarkovsky.


After Dziuba returned to East Germany, he joined the DEFA Studio for Feature Films and became Frank Beyer’s assistant director (Karbid und Sauerampfer). His directing debut was the children’s film Mohr und die Raben von London


Dziuba continued to work on children’s and youth films. His “proletarian trilogy” – RotschlipseAls Unku Edes Freundin war, and Jan auf der Zille – dealt with personal experiences and the responsibility of young people during the Weimar and Nazi periods. While such historic commentary was allowed, his later films on contemporary life – Sabine Kleist, 7 JahreErscheinen Pflicht, and Verbotene Liebe – were not welcomed by East German officials. 


Helmut Dziuba died on April 19, 2012.

Festivals & Awards:

2004 Crystal Bear – Special Mention for Die Blindgänger, Berlin International Film Festival
2004 Camério of the Humanities for Die Blindgänger, Carousel International du Film, Canada
2004 Adult’s Jury Award for Die Blindgänger, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
1993 Special Youth Award for Jana und Jan, San Remo Film Festival
1993 Bavarian Film Award for Best Director for Jana und Jan
1987 Second Prize for Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre, Alencon Film Festival
1983 C.I.F.E.J. Award for Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre, Berlin International Film Festival
1983 Golden Eagle Nominee for Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre, Manila International Film Festival
1983 Golden Sparrow Award for Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre, Gera "Golden Sparrow" National Children’s Film Festival
1982 Critics' Prize of the Theory and Criticism Section of the GDR Association of Film and Television Professionals for Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre
1982 Heinrich Greif Prize, Class 1 for Als Unke Edes Freundin war
1981 Best Children's Film Award from the USSR Ministry of the People's Education, Moscow International Film Festival, for Als Unke Edes Freundin war


2004 Die Blindgänger (The Blind Flyers, script)
1991 Jana und Jan (Jana and Jan)
1989 Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love)
1985 Jan auf der Zille (Jan on the Barge)
1983 Erscheinen Pflicht (Your Presence is Imperative)
1982 Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre (Sabine Kleist, Age 7)
1980 Als Unku Edes Freundin war (When Unku Was Ede’s Friend)
1979 Chiffriert an Chef – Ausfall Nr. 5 (Coded Message for the Boss)
1977 Rotschlipse (Red Ties)
1974 Untergang der Emma (Sinking of the Boat Emma)
1968 Mohr und die Raben von London (Moor and the Ravens of London)

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