The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Drama ,
137 minutes
Martina Gedeck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS)
Ulrich Mühe
Sebastian Koch (THE LIVES OF OTHERS)
Directed by:
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS)
Produced by:
Produced by Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion in coproduction with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Arte, CREADO Film with backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in association with Beta Cinema
Winner of the Foreign Language Oscar 2007!

In contrast to light-hearted films about East Germany, The Lives of others ventures off the beaten track and tells its story without compromise and with great inner truthfulness. A story from the heart of the East German regime, it is an intensely gripping thriller and moving love story.

East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall, the former East German government (GDR) ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loayalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend, the celebrated theater actress Christa-Maria Sieland. After all, the "operation" is backed by the highest political circles. What he didn't anticipate, however, was that submerging oneself into the world of the target also changes the surveillance agent. The immersion in The Lives of Others - in love, literature , free thinking and speech - makes Wiesler acutely aware of the meagerness of his own existence and opens to him a completely new way of life which he has ever more trouble resisting. But the system, once started, cannot be stopped. A dangerous game has begun...
Golden Globe nomination for "The Lives of Others" (Das Leben der Anderen)
Variety: The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has been nominated by representatives of the Hollywood-based foreign press (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) for the "Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe Award".

"The Lives of Others" receives Oscar nomination
The Lives of Others ("Das Leben der Anderen") by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has received an Oscar nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film.

Successful launch of "The Lives of Others" in France
The Stasi thriller The Lives of Others made its successful theatrical debut in France.