The great German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl plays a medical researcher torn between working at a clinic in the GDR and fleeing to the west in this unique example of a work of East German cinema that deals with the topic of escape (a significant taboo at the time). When his superior initially turns down his request to travel outside of East Germany, the doctor, dismayed by the state bureaucracy, becomes involved with an underground network who promise they can get him out of the country, but things don’t quite go according to plan.

Part of the retrospective States of Danger and Deceit: European Thrillers in the 1970s (presented by HOME / supported by the BFI). The full list of titles in the retrospective at LIFF 2017 is as follows: The Day of the JackalThe DeputyDon't Torture a DucklingThe FlightInvestigation of a Citizen Above SuspicionThe Lost Honour of Katharina BlumThe Man on the RoofThe Mattei AffairSeven Days in JanuaryState of SiegeZ.

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