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A Woman in Berlin Details


The horrors and moral compromises of war set the stage for this harrowing drama from director Max Färberböck, based on a true story. An anonymous female reporter (Nina Hoss) is living in Berlin in the spring of 1945; most of the city has been reduced to rubble by bombing, the German army has been decimated, and most of those left behind are expecting the arrival of Russian troops and fearful of what awaits them. The reporter is one of a number of women who are hiding wherever they can in the city, expecting that they will be raped and brutalized by the Russians. It doesn't take long for their worst fears to be realized as the emotionally ravaged Russian soldiers take out their anger and frustration on their new captives. But the reporter, who can speak Russian, is determined not to allow herself to be violated by the soldiers, and she decides to curry favor with a Soviet officer who will then protect her from his underlings. The reporter's plan works as she becomes the lover of Major Andrej (Yevgeni Sidikhin), an officer with decidedly mixed feelings about his work. But as the reporter trades consensual sex for the safety Andrej can give her, both are aware who is the victor and who is a captive, and elsewhere in Berlin both German survivors and the soldiers occupying Berlin show the scars of war as they bring out the worst in one another. Anonyma -- Eine Frau in Berlin (aka A Woman in Berlin) received its world premiere at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 17, 2009


Nina Hoss
as Anonyma
Yevgeny Sidikhin
as Andrej
Irm Hermann
as Widow
Jördis Triebel
as Baerbel Maltaus
Rosalie Thomass
as Greta Maltaus
Isabell Gerschke
as Lisbeth
Erni Mangold
as 80 Year-Old Woman
Anne Kanis
as Refugee Girl
August Diehl
as Gerd
Rolf Kanies
as Friedrich Hoch
Rüdiger Vogler
as Eckhart
Juliane Köhler
as Elke
Ulrike Krumbiegel
as Ilse Hoch
Alexandra Kulikova
as Mascha
Roman Gribkov
as Anatol
Samvel Muzhikyan
as Andropov
Oleg Chernov
as Soldier #1 (Rapist)
Viktor Zhalsanov
as Mongol
Ralf Schermuly
as Bookseller
Hermann Beyer
as Dr. Wolf
Alekandr Samoylenko
as Petka
Sebastian Urzendowsky
as Young Soldier
Eva Löbau


Max Färberböck
Günter Rohrbach
Max Färberböck
Benedict Neuenfels
Zbigniew Preisner
Composer (Music Score)
Ewa Lind
Benedict Neuenfels
Production Designer
Uli Hanisch
Art Director
Caroline Von Senden
Executive Producer
Piotr Strzelecki
Executive Producer
Lucia Faust
Costume Designer
Simone Bar
Astrid Kühberger
Production Manager
Martin Steyer
Sound Mixer
Catharina Schuchmann
Screenplay Consultant
Caroline Von Senden
Story Editor
Manfred Banach
Sound Recordist
Anette Keiser
Bernhard Thür
Line Producer
Waldemar Pokromski