German Film Festival 2017 | The Lives of Others

November 1984: at the Hohenschönhausen Correctional Institute, East German State Security (Stasi) Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) interrogates a prisoner suspected of helping someone leave the country illegally. Wiesler’s former schoolmate Anton Grubitz (Ulrich Tukur), on the other hand, has already been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the State Security Ministry, where he is cultural attaché.

The two officers attend the premiere of a play by Georg Dreymann (Sebastian Koch). The audience includes Minister Hempf (Thomas Thieme), who runs the playwright down in front of Grubitz: “Maybe he isn’t as clean as it would seem.” At the premiere party, the minister chats up Dreymann’s partner, actress Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck), and later assigns Grubitz the mission of putting Dreymann under surveillance.

Writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck weaves an intricate film of intrigue and suspense that has won many awards, such as Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards and the BAFTA Film Awards.

2006 | 137 min | German with English subtitles | Director: Florian Henckel von
Donnersmarck | Cast: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch | M18: Scenes of Intimacy

Thu Nov 9, 2017
7:30 PM - 9:50 PM SGT
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The 21st German Film Festival