Film director Evelyn Schmidt belongs to the third generation of DEFA directors. Her debut film SEITENSPRUNG (1979) is celebrated nationally and internationally. The pride of those responsible at DEFA about a woman on the director's chair, who also produces interesting films, is remarkable. This changes after the release of her second film DAS FAHRRAD (1981), a precise social study of a single mother. The director is too critical of everyday life, work and attitudes in the GDR.
In her very personal book, Evelyn Schmidt describes the history of her work DAS FAHRRAD and deals with the negative reactions to the film.
Evelyn Schmidt, born 1949 in Görlitz, completed a traineeship at the television department of the GDR in the section for dramatic arts before she studied directing at the University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1969 to 1974. Afterwards, she shot five films at the DEFA Feature Film Studio. Today she works as an artistic director and lecturer at the drama school Charlottenburg in Berlin.