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A man who has devoted his life to ferreting out "dangerous" characters is thrown into a quandary when he investigates a man who poses no threat in this drama, the first feature from German filmmaker [[Performer~P472901~Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck~florianhenckelvondonnersmarck]]. It's 1984, and Capt. Gerd Wiesler ([[Performer~P226227~Ulrich Mühe~ulrichmühe]]) is an agent of the Stasi, the East German Secret Police. Weisler carefully and dispassionately investigates people who might be deemed some sort of threat to the state. Shortly after Weisler's former classmate, Lt. Col. Grubitz ([[Performer~P129423~Ulrich Tukur~ulrichtukur]]), invites him to a theatrical piece by celebrated East German playwright Georg Dreyman ([[Performer~P220062~Sebastian Koch~sebastiankoch]]), Minister Bruno Hempf ([[Performer~P264437~Thomas Thieme~thomasthieme]]) informs Weisler that he suspects Dreyman of political dissidence, and wonders if this renowned patriot is all that he seems to be. As it turns out, Hempf has something of an ulterior motive for trying to pin something on Dreyman: a deep-seated infatuation with Christa-Maria Sieland ([[Performer~P196046~Martina Gedeck~martinagedeck]]), Dreyman's girlfriend. Nevertheless, Grubitz, who is anxious to further his career, appoints Weisler to spy on the gentleman with his help. Weisler plants listening devices in Dreyman's apartment and begins shadowing the writer. As Weisler monitors Dreyman's daily life, however (from a secret surveillance station in the gentleman's attic), he discovers the writer is one of the few East Germans who genuinely believes in his leaders. This changes over time, however, as Dreyman discovers that Christa-Maria is being blackmailed into a sexual relationship with Hempf, and one of Dreyman's friends, stage director Albert Jerska ([[Performer~P142931~Volkmar Kleinert~volkmarkleinert]]), is driven to suicide after himself being blackballed by the government. Dreyman's loyalty thus shifts away from the East German government, and he anonymously posts an anti-establishment piece in a major newspaper which rouses the fury of government officials. Meanwhile, Weisler becomes deeply emotionally drawn into the lives of Dreyman and Sieland, and becomes something of an anti-establishment figure himself, embracing freedom of thought and expression. A major box-office success in Germany, Das Leben der Anderen (aka The Lives of Others) received its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 9, 2007

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Max Wiedemann Best Foreign Language Film 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Max Wiedemann Best Picture 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Quirin Berg Best Foreign Language Film 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Quirin Berg Best Picture 2007 Nominee
Satellite Awards Gabriel Yared Best Original Score 2006 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ulrich Mühe Best Actor 2007 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Best Foreign Film 2006 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Best Original Screenplay 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Best Director 2007 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Best Foreign Language Film 2007 Nominee

Cast

Martina Gedeck
as Christa-Maria Sieland
Ulrich Mühe
as Captain Gerd Wiesler
Sebastian Koch
as Georg Dreyman
Ulrich Tukur
as Lieutenant Colonel Anton Grubitz
Thomas Thieme
as Minister Bruno Hempf
Hans-Uwe Bauer
as Paul Hauser
Herbert Knaup
as Gregor Hessenstein
Volkmar Kleinert
as Albert Jerska
Matthias Brenner
as Karl Wallner
Charly Hubner
as Udo
Bastian Trost
as Prisoner 227
Marie Gruber
as Mrs. Meineke
Volker Zack Michalowski
as Handwriting Expert
Werner Daehn
as Officer in Uniform
Martin Brambach
as Officer Meyer
Thomas Arnold
as Nowack
Hinnerk Schönemann
as Sub-lieutenant Axel Stigler
Paul Fassnacht
as Uncle Frank Hauser
Ludwig Blochberger
as Benedikt Lehmann
Gabi Fleming
as Ute
Gitta Schweighöfer
as Anja in 1984
Hildegard Schroedter
as Elena in 1984

Crew

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Director
Max Wiedemann
Producer
Quirin Berg
Producer
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Screenwriter
Hagen Bogdanski
Cinematographer
Gabriel Yared
Composer (Music Score)
Claudia Gladziejewski
Editor
Hubert von Spreti
Editor
Andreas Schreitmüller
Editor
Monika Lobkowicz
Editor
Patricia Rommel
Editor
Silke Buhr
Art Director
Dirk Hamm
Co-producer
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Co-producer
Gabriele Binder
Costume Designer
Christine Rothe
Set Decorator
Arno Wilms
Sound/Sound Designer
Claudia Beewen
First Assistant Director
Tom Sternitzke
Production Manager
Adam Klemens
Conductor
Katharina Hofmann
Second Assistant Director
Hubertus Rath
Re-Recording Mixer
Sabine Schumann
Makeup
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