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Berlin 1940. The city is paralyzed by fear. Otto and Anna Quangel are a working-class couple living in a shabby apartment block trying, like everyone else, to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when their only child is killed fighting at the front, their loss drives them to an extraordinary act of resistance. They start to drop anonymous postcards all over the city attacking Hitler and his regime. If caught, it means certain execution. Soon their campaign comes to the attention of the Gestapo inspector Escherich and a murderous game of cat-and-mouse begins. But the game serves only to strengthen Otto and Anna’s sense of purpose and a renewed love for each other. Slowly, their drab lives and marriage are transformed as they unite in their quiet but profound rebellion...

Over 60 years after its initial publication. Hans Fallada’s novel, written directly after the Second World War, became a worldwide bestseller. Based on a true story, the powerful and redemptive novel was described by Primo Levi as “the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis.”
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Vincent Perez
Screenplay Achim von Borries, Vincent Perez, Bettine von Borries
Cinematography Christophe Beaucarne
Cast Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Persbrandt, Monique Chaumette, Joachim Bissmeier, Katrin Pollitt, Lars Rudolph, Uwe Preuss, Daniel Sträßer
Producers Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott, Marco Pacchioni, James Schamus, Paul Trijbits, Christian Grass
Production Companies X Filme Creative Pool, Master Movies, Film Wave, in co-production with Pathé Production, Buffalo Films, WS Filmproduktion
Runtime 97 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Festivals Berlinale 2016 (In Competition), Dublin 2017
With backing from German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Eurimages, CNC, MEDIA
German Distributor X Verleih

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