Eolomea is a 1972 science fiction film directed by Herrmann Zschoche, based on the book of the same name by Angel Wagenstein. The film was an East German/Soviet/Bulgarian coproduction.[1]

Cover of 2005 re-release
Directed byHerrmann Zschoche
Written byWilli Brückner
CinematographyGünter Jaeuthe
Edited byHelga Gentz
Music byGünther Fischer
Release date
Running time
79 minutes


Eight spaceships disappear and radio contact to the enormous space station "Margot" is broken off. Professor Maria Scholl and the high council decree a flight ban for all other spaceships. Nevertheless, one ship succeeds in leaving earth. The cause of all these strange events is the mysterious signals in Morse code coming to earth from the constellation Cygnus. Deciphered, they say the word "Eolomea," which seems to refer to a planet. With Captain Daniel Lagny, an unmotivated eccentric, Maria Scholl undertakes the risky journey to the space station "Margot" to uncover the secret, only to discover that a secretly planned expedition of stolen spaceships is leaving for Eolomea against the will of the government.



The original, uncut version of the film was rereleased by the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005.[2]


  1. ^ Fountain, Clarke. "Eolomea (1972)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  2. ^ "DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst". Retrieved 22 May 2011.


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