DER SCHWEIGENDE STERN THE SILENT STAR
A team of researchers discovers a message from Venus in a cosmic inductor, but all attempts to contact the planet fall flat. Accompanied by great euphoria, an expedition into outer space is launched, though soon the Earthlings manage to decipher the communiqué: it seems an attack on Earth is in the works. Oops. The expedition reaches its destination, but Venus turns out to be a radioactive Moloch. Based on Stanisław Lem's novel "The Astronauts", this sly sci-fi film was DEFA's first co-production with Poland. The crew here is decidedly international, and space travel is treated with the proper philosophical heft, as a task where all boundaries are transcended.