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by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck


East Berlin just before the Wall came down, the metamorphosis undergone by an officer of the Stasi, the GDR secret service, and his relationship with a writer he himself has been set to spy on.

international title: The Lives of Others
original title: Das Leben der anderen
country: Germany
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
film run: 137'
release date: DE 23/03/2006, AT 17/08/2006, DK 13/10/2006, FI 27/10/2006, SE 10/11/2006, CZ 04/01/2007, PL 26/01/2007, BE 31/01/2007, FR 31/01/2007, PT 08/02/2007, ES 16/02/2007, HU 22/02/2007, NL 01/03/2007, IT 06/04/2007, UK 13/04/2007
screenplay: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
cast: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur
cinematography by: Hagen Bogdanski
film editing: Patricia Rommel
art director: Silke Buhr
costumes designer: Gabriele Binder
music: Gabriel Yared, Stéphane Moucha
producer: Max Wiedemann, Quirin Berg
production: Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG, BR/Munich, ARTE/Strasbourg, Creado Film/Constance
backing: Filmförderungsanstalt FFA, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
distributor: Buena Vista International Germany, Océan Films (FR), Alta Film (ES), Sandrew Metronome (DK/FI/NO/SE), ABC/Cinemien (Benelux), Vitoria Filme (PT), Bontonfilm (CZ), Cinemien (NL), Lions Gate (UK), Best Hollywood (HU), 01 Distribution (IT)


main awards/selection

Bavarian Film Awards 2005 Best Actor (Ulrich Mühe)
Best Newcomer Director & Screenplay
VGF Prize (Wiedemann & Berg)
Deutscher Filmpreis (Lolas) 2006 Golden Lola for Best Film
Best Actor (Ulrich Mühe)
Best Supporting Actor (Ulrich Tukur)
Best Director, Best Cinematography
Best Production Design, Best Screenplay
EFA 2006 Best European Film,
Best Screenwriter
Best Actor (Ulrich Mühe)
Rotterdam Film Festival 2007 Audience Award
Oscar 2007 Best Foreign Film
BAFTAs Awards 2008 Best Film Not in English Launguage
Césars 2008 Best Foreign Film

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