WHO’S IN IT?
Tom Schilling (The Baader Meinhof Complex), Sebastian Koch (Bridge of Spies), Paula Beer (Frantz), Saskia Rosendahl (Lore), Oliver Masucci (Madrid), Ina Weisse (Real Guys), Rainer Bock (Inglourious Basterds), Hanno Koffler (The Red Baron), David Schütter (Strawberry Bubblegums), Johanna Gastdorf (Sophie Scholl – The Final Days), Jeanette Hain (The Reader), Hinnerk Schönemann (War Horse), Florian Bartholomäi (Sapphire Blue), Hans-Uwe Bauer (The Lives of Others), Jörg Schüttauf (Ete and Ali), Ben Becker (Brother of Sleep), Lars Eidinger (High Life), Cai Cohrs (Paths), Jacob Matschenz (The Wave)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), director, writer, producer; Quirin Berg (Friend Request), Jacek Gaczkowski (School Trip), Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck (film debut), Jan Mojto (La Bohème), Piotr Strzelecki (Phoenix) and Max Wiedemann (Who Am I), producers; Max Richter (Waltz With Bashir), composer; Caleb Deschanel (The Passion of the Christ), cinematographer; Patricia Rommel (The Tourist) and Patrick Sanchez-Smith (Monogamish), editors
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
In post-war Germany, young artist Kurt (Schilling) is still tormented by the experiences he had during his childhood under the Nazi reign. When he meets and falls in love with fellow student Ellie (Beer), her father Professor Carl Seeband (Koch) is dismayed at their pairing and vows to destroy their relationship – but it is soon revealed that Seeband is very closely tied to one particularly disturbing event from Kurt’s traumatic childhood…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
The Oscar-winning filmmaker behind The Lives of Others returns to his native German language with a sweeping post-war romantic epic filled with dark secrets and breathtaking visuals.