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DOWNFALL (UNTERGANG, DER)

DOWNFALL
Scene from "Downfall" (photo © Constantin Film)

Berlin, April 1945. A nation awaits its downfall. Fighting rages in the streets of the capital. Hitler and his closest confidantes have barricaded themselves in the Fuehrer’s Bunker. Among them Traudl Junge, Hitler’s private secretary. Outside the situation escalates. Although Berlin can no longer be held, the Fuehrer refuses to leave the city. While the full force of the war crashes down over his folk, he stages his final departure. Only hours before their joint suicide, he marries Eva Braun. Then their corpses are burned so that they do not fall into the hands of the enemy. Many others also choose suicide. As the situation becomes ever more hopeless, Magda Goebbels poisons her six children before she and her husband take their own lives. Shortly thereafter Traudl Junge and several others manage to escape at the last minute...


Oliver Hirschbiegel scored a sensational success with the award-winning feature film THE EXPERIMENT (2001).His third feature DOWNFALL (2004) was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2005 in the category Best Foreign Language Film. Also active in television, a selection of his other features includes: 13 MINUTES (2015), DIANA (2013), FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN (2009), INVASION (2007), EIN GANZ GEWÖHNLICHER JUDE (2005), and MY LAST FILM (2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel
Screenplay Bernd Eichinger
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Hans Funck
Stephan Zacharias
Bernd Lepel
Cast Thomas Kretschmann, Matthias Habich, Christian Berkel, Heino Ferch, Ulrich Matthes, Corinna Harfouch, Juliane Köhler, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara
Producer Bernd Eichinger
Production Company Constantin Film Produktion, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, WDR, Degeto Film, ORF/Vienna, EOS Production/Munich, RAI Cinema/Rome
Length 155 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Toronto 2004 (Gala), Goteborg 2005, Berlin 2005 (German Cinema), Mar del Plata 2005 (In Competition), Santa Barbara 2005, Jameson Dublin 2005, Shanghai 2005, Cairo 2005, Mar del Plata 2010, Locarno 2011 (Tribute to Bruno Ganz), IDFA 2013, Taipei Golden Horse 2019
Awards 3 Bavarian Film Awards 2004 (Best Actor: Bruno Ganz, Best Producer: Bernd Eichinger, Audience Award), Bambi 2004, Special Jury Award Santa Barbara 2005, Silver Astor Mar del Plata 2005, Best Foreign Film BIFA London 2005
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Bayerischer BankenFonds, Filmfoerderungsanstalt (FFA)
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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