First Spaceship on Venus / Der Schwaigende Stern
Kurt Maetzig, GDR, Poland, 1960
Directed by: Kurt Maetzig
Script: Stanislaw Lem, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Günter Reisch, Kurt Maetzig, Jan Fethke, Günther Rücker, Alexander Graf von Stenbock-Fermor, Günter Rückert
Producer: Hans Mahlich, Edward Zajicek
Production company: Deutsche Film (DEFA), Film Polski
Cinematography: Joachim Hasler
Editing: Lena Neumann
Music: Andrzej Markowski
Cast: Yoko Tani, Oldøich Lukeš, Ignacy Machowski, Julius Ongewe, Michail Postnikow, Kurt Rackelmann, Günther Simon
Format: video
Running time: 93'

In the year 1970 an international expedition flew eight scientists to Venus after the mysterious discovery of a ‘spool’ in the Gobi Desert. During the spaceflight the American nuclear physicist Hawling managed to decipher its alarming message: a declaration of nuclear war on the Earth. When the spaceship landed on Venus the scientists came across the radioactive remnants of a destroyed intelligent civilization. The population had evidently wiped themselves out with their own weapons, which had originally been aimed at the Earth. The spaceship crew now had to return home urgently with their redemptive news.

Awards and Festivals
Utopian Film Festival 1964 – Golden Spaceship Award

Directors Biography
Kurt Maetzig (1911–2012) is the key figure of East German post-war cinema and one of the founders of the country's state production company. He won acclaim with his drama 'Marriage in the Shadows' (1947) – one of the most successful films of the post-war era, attracting more than 12 million viewers. In 1954, Maetzig became the president of the German Film Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Between 1980 and 1990 he was the president of East Germany's National Film Festival in four successive terms. In 1950 he became a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts.

Location and screening schedule: ZAGREB DANCE CENTER, Tuesday, October 22nd at 18.00