Das Leben der Anderen

The Lives of Others

(Germany, 2006, 136 minutes)

In 1984 East Germany, a secret police investigator is assigned to monitor closely a playwright and his actress girlfriend, and begins doubting his mission when he realises it derives not from action against the state but from the Culture minister’s infatuation with the actress. Gripping drama of the human cost of pre-Berlin Wall politics, superbly controlled by a first-time director and featuring extraordinary performances. Nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

A Buena Vista International (Germany) release of a Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion production, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE and Creado Film, with the support of FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, FilmFörderungsAnstalt and Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg. Starring Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur. Directed and written by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck; produced by Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann; music by Gabriel Yared and Stéphane Moucha; director of photography, Hagen Bogdanski; production designer, Silke Buhr; costume designer, Gabriele Binder; film editor, Patricia Rommel.


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