Germany Year Zero
Filmfest 2005

With this film, the final part of his neo-realist war trilogy, director Rorberto Rossellini shifted the focus of his attentions from Italy – subject of ROME, OPEN CITY (1945) and PAISA (1946) – to Germany. In the ruins of Berlin a boy, Edmund, tries to come to terms with the Nazis' defeat; a situation his Hitler youth upbringing did not prepare him for. Edmund's father is seriously ill, a drain on scarce resources; while his sister is prostituting herself to obtain food, and a deserting German soldier is hiding out in their house. Keith Brown, in: EUFS Programme 1995-96

tags: Feature film

Cast: Edmund Moeschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze, Franz-Otto Krüger, Erich Gühne


Director: Roberto Rossellini