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Die Zelle

Fortnight 1972, Feature film, 93'


his is an adaptation of film director Horst Blenek’s own novel Die Zelle, which is based on the experiences he suffered as a political prisoner in East Germany and in Russia in the ’50s. Filmed in black and white, the dark filming emulates the oppression experienced by the prisoner. In the story, the writer is a prisoner who has not yet been « broken. » That is, he has not yet succumbed to the skillfully applied tortures and signed a written confession of his so-called crimes. He is supposed to have planned a bombing incident. He endures an escalating number of indignities, until a fellow prisoner tells him what happens at the next level of torture, in which he would be sent to a « psychiatric » hospital.


Horst Bienek

orst Bienek (May 7, 1930 – December 7, 1990) was a German novelist. Bienek was born in Gleiwitz (Gliwice), Poland. He was the winner of numerous prizes, including the Nelly Sachs Prize in 1981. His best-known work is the four-volume series of novels dealing with the prelude to World War II and the war itself, Gleiwitz, Eine oberschlesische Chronik in vier Romanen

Fried Gartner
Helmut Pick
K H Mauthe
Robert Naegele
Wolf Martienzen

Horst Bienek

Prod : Syrinkfilm Horst Bienek
8012 Ottobrunn bei München
Isarweg 2

Title in Original Version : La Cellule