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Das Leben der Anderen

GDR playwright is monitored by the Stasi, yet the officer who's monitoring starts to have feelings of sympathy for this man. That does not go unnoticed. Winner Oscar Best Film in a Foreign Language.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Das Leben der Anderen

East Berlin, 1984: Gerd Wiesler, who works for the Stasi, communist East Germany's notorious secret police, attends a play written by DDR model citizen Georg Dreyman. Being naturally suspicious, Wiesler cannot believe Dreyman to be so perfect, and he puts in a request with the Minister of Culture for investigating the playwright. And thus it begins. Soon he discovers the minister's true motive for granting permission for surveillance: he is infatuated with Dreyman's girlfriend Christa-Maria. Knowing this drastically changes Wiesler's attitude: instead of looking for incriminating facts, he increasingly tries to protect Dreyman and his girlfriend, which has far-reaching consequences for all involved.

Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck made his feature debut with Das Leben der Anderen, for which he also wrote the script. It was a dream debut, the film was showered with awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Starring Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Martina Gedeck and more.