The Lives of Others

    Genre
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime
    132 mins
  • Release Date
    2007
  • Countries
    Germany
  • Languages
    German

ANGELIKA’S NOTE

At once a political thriller and human drama, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's 2006 directorial debut (THE TOURIST, NEVER LOOK AWAY) is "a powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). Taking home Audience Awards at several festivals and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, it also received a nod for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, and took home Best Film at both the German Film Awards and European Film Awards.
DIRECTED BY:
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
WRITTEN BY:
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
CAST INCLUDES:
Sebastian Koch, Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Ulrich Tukur

SYNOPSIS

THE LIVES OF OTHERS begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall and ultimately takes us to 1991, in what is now the reunited Germany. THE LIVES OF OTHERS traces the gradual disillusionment of Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Muhe, best known for his lead roles in Michael Haneke’s FUNNY GAMES and as Dr. Mengele in Costa-Gavras’ AMEN), a highly skilled officer who works for the Stasi, East Germany’s all-powerful secret police. His mission is to spy on a celebrated writer and actress couple, Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck).

The Lives of Others

    Genre
    Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime
    132 mins
  • Release Date
    2007
  • Countries
    Germany
  • Languages
    German
DIRECTED BY
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
WRITTEN BY
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
CAST INCLUDES
Sebastian Koch, Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Ulrich Tukur
At once a political thriller and human drama, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's 2006 directorial debut (THE TOURIST, NEVER LOOK AWAY) is "a powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). Taking home Audience Awards at several festivals and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, it also received a nod for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, and took home Best Film at both the German Film Awards and European Film Awards.

THE LIVES OF OTHERS begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall and ultimately takes us to 1991, in what is now the reunited Germany. THE LIVES OF OTHERS traces the gradual disillusionment of Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Muhe, best known for his lead roles in Michael Haneke’s FUNNY GAMES and as Dr. Mengele in Costa-Gavras’ AMEN), a highly skilled officer who works for the Stasi, East Germany’s all-powerful secret police. His mission is to spy on a celebrated writer and actress couple, Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck).