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The Lives of Others (2006)

“Das Leben der Anderen”.

Drama, Mystery, Thriller |

The Lives of Others is a German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The plot is about the monitoring of East Berlin residents by agents of the Stasi, East Germany’s secret police. It stars Ulrich Mühe as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his superior Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as the playwright Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as Dreyman’s lover, a prominent actress named Christa-Maria Sieland.

The film was released in Germany on 23 March 2006. At the same time, the screenplay was published by Suhrkamp Verlag. The Lives of Others won the 2006 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The film had earlier won seven Deutscher Filmpreis awards—including those for best film, best director, best screenplay, best actor, and best supporting actor—after setting a new record with 11 nominations. It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 64th Golden Globe Awards. The Lives of Others cost US$2 million and grossed more than US$77 million worldwide as of November 2007.

In 1984 East Germany, Stasi Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), code name HGW XX/7, is ordered to spy on the playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), who has escaped state scrutiny due to his pro-Communist views and international recognition. Wiesler and his team bug the apartment, set up surveillance equipment in an attic, and begin reporting Dreyman’s activities. Wiesler learns that Dreyman has been put under surveillance at the request of the Minister of Culture, Bruno Hempf (Thomas Thieme), who covets Dreyman’s girlfriend, actress Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck). After an intervention by Wiesler leads to Dreyman’s discovering Sieland’s relationship with Hempf, he implores her not to meet him again. Sieland flees to a nearby bar where Wiesler, posing as a fan, urges her to be true to herself. She returns home and reconciles with Dreyman.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Volkmar Kleinert


Martina GedeckChrista-Maria Sieland
Ulrich MüheHauptmann Gerd Wiesler
Sebastian KochGeorg Dreyman
Ulrich TukurOberstleutnant Anton Grubitz
Thomas ThiemeMinister Bruno Hempf
Hans-Uwe BauerPaul Hauser
Volkmar KleinertAlbert Jerska
Matthias BrennerKarl Wallner
Charly HübnerUdo
Herbert KnaupGregor Hessenstein
Bastian TrostHäftling 227
Marie GruberFrau Meineke
Volker MichalowskiSchriftexperte (as Zack Volker Michalowski)
Werner DaehnEinsatzleiter in Uniform
Martin BrambachEinsatzleiter Meyer
Hubertus HartmannEgon Schwalber
Thomas ArnoldNowack
Hinnerk SchönemannUnterleutnant Axel Stigler
Paul FaßnachtOnkel Frank Hauser
Ludwig BlochbergerBenedikt Lehmann
Paul Maximilian SchüllerJunge mit Ball
Susanna KrausAndrea
Gabi FlemingProstituierte ‘Ute’
Michael GerberZahnarzt Dr. Czimmy
Fabian von KlitzingTagesschausprecher
Harald PolzinWächter
Sheri Hagen‘Martha’ 1991
Gitta Schweighöfer‘Anja’ 1984
Elja-Dusa Kedves‘Anja’ 1991
Hildegard Schroedter‘Elena’ 1984
Inga Birkenfeld‘Elena’ 1991 / BStU-Mitarbeiterin
Philipp KewenigChristas Verhafter
Jens Wassermann‘Rolf’ Andi Wenzke-Falkenau
Ernst-Ludwig PetrowskyBandleader
Manfred Ludwig SextettBand
Kai Ivo BaulitzBuchverkäufer
Charlene Beckcubanische Schülerin (uncredited)
Ralf EhrlichKollege in der Stasi-Kantine (uncredited)
Anabelle D. MunroTheatre Actress (uncredited)
Klaus MünsterErich Mielke (voice) (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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