Goodbye, Lenin!


1h 58m 2003

Brief Synopsis

October, 1989 was a bad time to fall into a coma if you lived in East Germany--and this is precisely what happened to Alex's proudly socialist mother. Alex has a big problem on his hands when she suddenly awakens eight months later. Her heart is so weak that any shock might kill her. And what could

Film Details

Also Known As
Brazil: Adeus, Lênin!., Good Bye Lenin, Good Bye, Lenin !, Goodbye, Lenin!
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2003
Production Company
Arte; Bavaria Media Gmbh; Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Wdr); X-Filme Creative Pool
Distribution Company
LES FILMS S+VILLE/SONY PICTURES CLASSICS; Abc Distribution; Alfa Films; Cathay Film Organization; Cinemien; Edko Films; Entertainment One; Entertainment One Films Australia Pty, Ltd.; Fidalgo; Filmcoopi Zurich Ag; Filmladen Gmbh; Gaga Communications (Parent); Gussi Films; Les Films Séville; Les Films Séville; OcTan Films; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; Transeuropa Films; Triangelfilm; Ugc International; Warner Bros. Pictures International; X Verleih
Location
Berlin, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Synopsis

October, 1989 was a bad time to fall into a coma if you lived in East Germany--and this is precisely what happened to Alex's proudly socialist mother. Alex has a big problem on his hands when she suddenly awakens eight months later. Her heart is so weak that any shock might kill her. And what could be more shocking than the fall of the Berlin Wall and the triumph of capitalism in her beloved East Germany? To save his mother, Alex transforms the family apartment into an island of the past, a kind of socialist-era museum where his mother is lovingly duped into believing that nothing has changed. What begins as a little white lie turns into a major scam as Alex's sister and selected neighbors are recruited to maintain the elaborate ruse-- and keep her believing that Lenin really did win after all!

Crew

Peter R Adam

Editor

Stefan Arndt

Producer

Sven Asamoa

Special Effects

Simone Bär

Casting

Klemens Becker

Steadicam Operator

Wolfgang Becker

Co-Writer

Wolfgang Becker

Advisor

Susanne Boeing

Assistant Director

Milanka Comfort

Production Manager

Katja De Bock

Commissioning Editor

Anina Diener

Production Designer

Francois Doge

Production Manager

Daniele Drobny

Production Designer

Frank Ertel

Sound Effects Editor

Ines Frederich

Unit Production Manager

Mattias Ganghoffer

Assistant To Dp

Jan Ole Gerster

Post-Production Coordinator

Darius Ghanai

Titles

Lars Ginzel

Sound Effects Editor

Sarah Gross

Assistant Director

Birgit Gudjonsdottir

Camera

Lothar Holler

Production Designer

Lothar Holler

Set Designer

Dirk W Jacob

Sound Design

Ralph Kaechele

Camera

Marcos Kantis

Line Producer

Anke Kerstan

Wardrobe

Matthias Klemme

Art Director

Barbara Koppl

Wardrobe

Frank Kruse

Foley Editor

Martin Kukula

Director Of Photography

Birger Laube

Makeup Effects

Lena Lazzarotto

Makeup

Bernd Lichtenberg

Screenwriter

Torsten Lohn

Sound Department

Heike Merker

Makeup

Bibbi Müller

Unit Production Manager

Michael Muller

Foley Editor

Paul Muller

Line Producer

Xaver Naudascher

Music

Oliver Oetting

Adr Supervisor

Aenne Plaumann

Costume Designer

Joern Poetzl

Foley Artist

Bjorn Rehbein

Makeup

Sybille Rohde

Production Coordinator

Andreas Schreitmuller

Commissioning Editor

Wolfgang Schuhkrafft

Sound

Philippe Sellier

Foley Recordist

Kuenll Song

Sound Effects Editor

Manuela Stehr

Executive Producer

Andro Steinborn

Music Supervisor

Martin Steyer

Sound Department

Kai Tebbel

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Thorsten Thiesse

Special Effects

Yann Tiersen

Music

Susy Wehrli

Sound Department

Marcus Welsch

Assistant Director

Das Werk

Visual Effects

Jorg Widmer

Steadicam Operator

Film Details

Also Known As
Brazil: Adeus, Lênin!., Good Bye Lenin, Good Bye, Lenin !, Goodbye, Lenin!
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2003
Production Company
Arte; Bavaria Media Gmbh; Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Wdr); X-Filme Creative Pool
Distribution Company
LES FILMS S+VILLE/SONY PICTURES CLASSICS; Abc Distribution; Alfa Films; Cathay Film Organization; Cinemien; Edko Films; Entertainment One; Entertainment One Films Australia Pty, Ltd.; Fidalgo; Filmcoopi Zurich Ag; Filmladen Gmbh; Gaga Communications (Parent); Gussi Films; Les Films Séville; Les Films Séville; OcTan Films; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; Transeuropa Films; Triangelfilm; Ugc International; Warner Bros. Pictures International; X Verleih
Location
Berlin, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Blue Angel for Best European Film at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival.

Winner of nine Lola Awards, including Best Feature Film and Best Actor (Daniel Bruehl).

Released in United States Winter February 27, 2004

Released in United States on Video June 27, 2004

Released in United States on Video July 27, 2004

Released in United States February 2003

Released in United States January 2004

Shown at the Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 6-16, 2003.

Released in United States Winter February 27, 2004 (NY, LA)

Released in United States on Video June 27, 2004

Released in United States on Video July 27, 2004

Released in United States February 2003 (Shown at the Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 6-16, 2003.)

Released in United States January 2004 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema) January 15-25, 2004.)

The Country of Germany