Alone in Berlin

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Berlin 1940. The city is paralyzed by fear. Otto and Anna Quangel are a working class couple living in a shabby apartment block trying, like everyone else, to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when their only child is killed fighting at the front, their loss drives them to an extraordinary act of resistance. They start to drop anonymous postcards all over the city attacking Hitler and his regime. If caught, it means certain execution.

Soon their campaign comes to the attention of the Gestapo inspector Escherich and a murderous game of cat-and-mouse begins. But the game serves only to strengthen Otto and Anna’s sense of purpose and a renewed love for each other. Slowly their drab lives and marriage are transformed as they unite in their quiet but profound rebellion…

Over 60 years after its initial publication, Hans Fallada’s novel, written directly after the Second World War, became a worldwide bestseller. Based on a true story, the powerful and redemptive novel was described by Primo Levi as “the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis.”

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Michael Scheel

  • Emma Thompson
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Daniel Brühl
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Christophe Beaucarne

Script

Achim von Borries,
based on the novel “Alone in Berlin” (a.k.a. “Every Man Dies Alone”) by Hans Fallada,
collaborating writers: Vincent Perez, Bettine von Borries

Producer
Production design

Jean-Vincent Puzos

Costume designer

Nicole Fischnaller

Francois Gédigier

Year of production

2015

Production company
  • X Filme Creative Pool
  • Master Movies
  • FilmWave