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Buddenbrooks - The Decline of a Family (Buddenbrooks)

Buddenbrooks - The Decline of a Family
Scene from "Buddenbrooks" (photo © Bavaria Film/Stefan Falke)

Buddenbrooks – The Decline of a Family is the gripping cinematic adaptation of Thomas Mann's Nobel Prize-winning novel of 1900, starring Academy Award®-nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl in the lead role. In loving, compassionate detail and cinematic scope, Emmy® Award-winner Heinrich Breloer portrays the rise and decline of a merchant family in the bourgeois aristocracy in Luebeck in their fight and sacrifice for the economic survival of the family and their pursuit of happiness and impossible love.

While Thomas is willing to fill the void of their father, Consul Jean, and to steer the firm through the times of modernization and rising competition, his brother Christian is trying to break away from any responsibility. We find him in dubious company, marrying a woman from a vaudeville show, rebelling against everything their father stood up for. It is left to their sister, Tony, who sacrifices her true love for the sake of the family’s fortune, to hold the family ties together. But when their competitor Hagenstroem proves to have the better instinct for the changing needs of the market, even her influence seems to vanish...


Heinrich Breloer was born in 1942. Active as a writer and director, a selection of his highly-acclaimed films includes: DAS BEIL VON WANDSBEK (1982), WEHNER - THE UNTOLD STORY (1993), TODESSPIEL (1997), the Emmy award-winning DIE MANNS – EIN JAHRHUNDERTROMAN (2001), SPEER AND HITLER (2005), BUDDENBROOKS (2008), and BRECHT (2019).
Genre Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Heinrich Breloer
Screenplay Heinrich Breloer, Horst Koenigstein
Cinematography Gernot Roll
Barbara von Weitershausen
Hans P. Stroeer
Goetz Weidner
Cast Jessica Schwarz, Mark Waschke, Léa Bosco, Martin Feifel, Justus von Dohnányi, Fedja van Huêt, Iris Berben, August Diehl, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Producers Uschi Reich, Jan S. Kaiser, Matthias Esche, Michael Hild, Winka Wulff, Burkhard von Schenk
Production Company Bavaria Film, in co-production with Pirol Film Production/Munich, Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne, WDR, NDR/Hamburg, SWR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Degeto Film, ORF/Vienna, ARTE
Length 152 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Cambridge 2009, Sao Paulo 2009, Kolkata 2009
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

World Sales
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