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Duell - Enemy at the Gates

Duell - Enemy at the Gates

While the German and Russian armies hurl rank after rank of soldiers at each other and the world fearfully awaits the outcome of the battle of Stalingrad, the celebrated Russian sniper, Vassili Zaitsev quietly stalks his enemies one man at a time. His fame, however, soon thrusts him into a duel with Germany's best sharpshooter, Major Konig, and the two find themselves waging an intense personal war while the most momentous battle of the age rages around them. Unassuming and self-contained, Vassili is just an ordinary man who performs his duty with extraordinary skill. Realizing his value, Danilov, a Soviet political officer, builds Vassili into a much-needed national hero. After a string of defeats to the Germans, the Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse, and the loss of Stalingrad could ensure final victory for the Germans in Europe. Kruschev himself has been sent by Stalin to oversee the city's defense. Vassili's fierce example boosts the defenders' will to go on fighting despite the overwhelming odds. Danilov, however, soon becomes jealous of the man he created, when, in the midst of war, they both fall in love with Tania, one of the many courageous women soldiers fighting alongside the men. The Germans send Major Konig to track down and kill Vassili. With exquisite patience and skill, each man stalks the other, fighting his war of solitude while countless men are dying all around them in the rubble of Stalingrad.


Jean-Jacques Annaud won an Academy Award in 1977 for Best Foreign Film with his debut feature Black and White in Color (La Victoire En Chantant). His next feature was Coup de tête, followed by Quest for Fire, which earned him a Cesar Award as Best Director. He then directed The Name of the Rose, starring Sean Connery, which received a Cesar Award for Best Foreign Film. Annaud also co-wrote the screenplays for the latter two films with his longtime collaborator, Alain Godard. In 1989, Annaud received international acclaim and another Cesar Award for ´The Bear. Annaud's most recent films include: The Lover, Wings of Courage, the first feature film made in IMAX 3-D, and Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Jean-Jacques Annaud
Screenplay Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alain Godard
Cinematography Robert Fraisse
Noelle Boisson, Humphrey Dixon
James Horner
Cast Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins
Producers Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alain Godard, John D. Schofield, Roland Pellegrino, Joerg Reichl, Alisa Tager
Production Company Mandalay Pictures, in co-production with LittleBird/London, MP Film Management DOS Productions GmbH & Co. KG, Swanford Films Ltd, in association with KC Medien
Length 128 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2001 (opening film)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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