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Scene from "The Lives of Others" (photo © Wiedemann & Berg Film)

East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall, the former East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loyalist 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...

A story from the heart of the East-German regime, THE LIVES OF OTHERS is an intensely gripping thriller and moving love story featuring some of Germany's most internationally celebrated actors.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Screenplay Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Cinematography Hagen Bogdanski
Patricia Rommel
Gabriel Yared, Stéphane Moucha
Silke Buhr
Cast Ulrich Tukur, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Mühe
Producers Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann
Production Company Wiedemann & Berg Film, in co-production with BR, ARTE, Creado Film/Constance
Runtime 137 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Locarno 2006 (Piazza Grande), Toronto 2006 (Special Presentation), Haugesunde 2006, Telluride 2006, Gdynia 2006, Helsinki 2006, Rio 2006, Copenhagen 2006 (In Competition), Athen 2006, Warsaw 2006, Pusan 2006, Zagreb 2006 (In Competition), London 2006, AFI Fest Los Angeles 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Pantalla Pinamar Argentina 2006, Molodist Kiev 2006 (In Competition), Seville 2006 (In Competition), Montreal New Cinema 2006, Vancouver 2006, Camerimage 2006, Jakarta 2006, Dubai 2006, Cape Town 2006, Luenen 2006, Auxerre 2006, DER FILM Prague 2006, Palm Springs 2007, Rotterdam 2007, Berlin 2007 (German Cinema), Sofia 2007, Shanghai 2007, Kolkata 2007, Kerala 2007, Havana 2007, Berlin & Beyond San Francisco 2007, Rotterdam 2008, Karlovy Vary 2009, Palm Springs 2014, Premiers Plan Angers 2015, Zlín 2015, Sofia 2016, Leeds 2017
Awards Bavarian Film Awards 2005 (Best Actor: Ulrich Muehe, Best Newcomer Director & Screenplay: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, VGF Prize: Wiedemann & Berg), German Films Awards 2006 (Gold Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Screenplay), Audience Award Locarno 2006, Bernhard Wicki Award Munich 2006, Best Actor & Audience Award & Best Actor Copenhagen 2006, Audience Award Warsaw 2006, People's Choice Award Vancouver 2006, Audience Award Zagreb 2006, Satyajit Ray Award: Best Debut Feature London, 2006, People's Choice Award Montreal 2006, Golden Key & Audience Award Auxerre 2006, Gilde Film Award Leipzig 2006, 2nd Place: Best Feature Seville 2006, European Film Award 2006 (Best Film, Best Actor, Best Screenwriter), Guldbaggen 2007 (Swedish National Film Prize for Best Foreign Film), Audience Award Palm Springs 2007, Audience Award Rotterdam 2007, Robert 2007 (Danish National Film Prize for Best Foreign Film), Independent Spirit Award L.A. 2007, Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2006, David di Donatello Award for Best European Film 2007, César for Best Foreign Film 2007
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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