Film Info: Im Schatten der Macht

In the Shadow of Power (Im Schatten der Macht)

In the Shadow of Power
Matthias Brandt, Michael Mendl (photo © Ziegler Film GmbH & Co KG)

In the Shadow of Power charts the last days of Willy Brandt’s chancellorship in 1974 after his personal assistant Guenter Guillaume was exposed as a spy for East Germany. In the course of the investigations, Brandt's private life unexpectedly becomes the topic of the inquiries. It remains unclear where the line between fact and fiction should be drawn.

The Guillaume affair is regarded as one of the biggest political scandals in the history of the Federal Republic and has not lost its fascination almost 30 years later. In the Shadow of Power is an absorbing scenario of Brandt’s last days in office and delivers a multi-layered and sensitive portrait of a politician who was a legend in his own lifetime.

For some, Willy Brand was an idol, honored and loved; for others, he was a traitor. Ziegler Film, in cooperation with ARTE and NDR and with the support of the Filmstiftung NRW, has also produced a documentary, Willy Brandt - Eine Jahrhundertgestalt, by Peter Merseburger and Juergen Bruehns - on the subject of Brandt and his fight against two totalitarian systems: Fascism and Stalinism.


Oliver Storz was born in 1929 and studied German, Roman and English Languages and Literature in Tuebingen. He worked as a teacher before becoming a freelance literary critic. From 1957-1959, he was a feature editor and theater critic at the Stuttgarter Zeitung followed by work as a producer and scriptwriter at Bavaria Atelier from 1960-1974. A selection of his films includes: Der Stadtbrand (1984), Beinahe Trinidad (1985), Das Viereck (1987), Ein naheliegender Mord (1988), Der Unschuldsengel (1992), Christinas Seitensprung (1993), Three Days in April (Drei Tage im April, 1994), Daybreak (Gegen Ende der Nacht, 1998), and In the Shadow of Power (Im Schatten der Macht, 2002/2003), among others.
Genre History, Thriller

Year of Production 2003
Director Oliver Storz
Screenplay Oliver Storz
Cinematography Hans Grimmelmann
Heidi Handorf
Klaus Doldinger
Eduard Krajewski
Cast Michael Mendl, Dieter Pfaff, Matthias Brandt, Barbara Rudnik, Juergen Hentsch
Producers Regina Ziegler, Winka Wulff
Production Company Ziegler Film, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, MDR/Leipzig, ARTE
Length 180 min
Format Super 16, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Cologne Conference 2003, Nordische Filmtage Luebeck 2003, Marrakesh 2005
With backing from Nordmedia

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