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The Lives of Others

Title: The Lives of Others
Original title: Das Leben der Anderen
Format: two hours, HD
Starring: 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
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The Lives of Others

Oscar®-awarded feature film by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. A gripping thriller and moving love story from the heart of the East German regime set in 1984.

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...


  • "Lives of Others" receives Foreign Language Oscar

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