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Solo Sunny

Sunny is a singer in a band which is constantly on the road. She therefore leads a relatively restless life. She is single; living on her own, she takes things into her own hands. Besides, she has no difficulty warding off men who harass her or try to chat her up. And she generally sees to it that what talent she has, is not overly exploited by others. Still, Sunny yearns for a great love experience. She gets to know Ralph, a philosopher, and believes she has found her true love. But Ralph does not return her love in the same way. Harry, who owns a taxi company, loves Sunny and, being well off, can offer her an easy and fun life. But he is not the one she wants. In the band, Sunny demonstratively turns down Norbert's obtrusive advances and she cold-shoulders him so completely that he kicks her out. He takes on a new young singer who is prepared to do everything expected of her in order to further her career. At this very point, Sunny discovers that Ralph is betraying her. She is deeply unhappy and when a solo appearance in a bar is a flop, she opts for suicide as a last resort. Her life is saved. It is especially the friendship and selfless help of a former colleague, Christine, which enables Sunny to actively face up to life again.


Konrad Wolf was born in Hechingen in 1925 and died in Berlin in 1982. In 1933, his family emigrated to the Soviet Union. At the age of 18, he joined the Red Army and came to Germany as a lieutenant in 1945. He studied Directing at the Moscow Film School in 1949 and worked as an assistant director to Kurt Maetzig at the DEFA Studios in 1953. His first feature film was Einmal ist keinmal (1955). From 1965, Wolf was president of the East German Academy of Arts. His major films include: Genesung (1956), Lissy (1957), Sun Seekers (Sonnensucher, 1958), Stars (Sterne, 1959), The Divided Sky (Der geteilte Himmel, 1964), I Was Nineteen (Ich war 19, 1967), The Naked Man in the Stadium (Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz, 1974), and Mama, I'm Alive (Mama, ich lebe, 1976).
Category Feature
Year of Production 1979
Director Konrad Wolf
Screenplay Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Cinematography Eberhard Geick
Evelyn Carow
Guenther Fischer
Cast Renate Krößner, Fred Dueren, Alexander Lang, Dieter Montag, Heide Kipp
Producer Herbert Ehler
Production Company DEFA/Berlin
Length 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Berlin 1980, Moscow 2005
Awards Silver Bear Berlin 1980
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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