The Lives of Others


2h 17m 2006

Brief Synopsis

East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall, the former East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright

Film Details

Also Known As
Andres Liv, Das Leben Der Anderen, Leben Der Anderen, Das, Life of Others, The, Lives of Others, Muiden elämä, Vida dos Outros, Vidas dos Outros, Vie des autres, Zycie na podsluchu, andras liv, vida de los otros, vite degli altri, ?ivoty tech druhých
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 17m

Synopsis

East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall, the former East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend, the celebrated theater actress Christa-Maria Sieland. After all, the "operation" is backed by the highest political circles. What he didn't anticipate, however, was that submerging oneself into the world of the target also changes the surveillance agent. The immersion in the lives of others--in love, literature, free thinking and speech--makes Wiesler acutely aware of the meagerness of his own existence and opens to him a completely new way of life which he has ever more trouble resisting. But the system, once started, cannot be stopped. A dangerous game has begun.

Film Details

Also Known As
Andres Liv, Das Leben Der Anderen, Leben Der Anderen, Das, Life of Others, The, Lives of Others, Muiden elämä, Vida dos Outros, Vidas dos Outros, Vie des autres, Zycie na podsluchu, andras liv, vida de los otros, vite degli altri, ?ivoty tech druhých
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 17m

Award Wins

Best Foreign Language Film

2006

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Film Not in the English Language by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Winner of the 2007 award for Best Foreign Film by the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC).

Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winner of the John Schlesinger Award, 2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winner of the KPN Audience Award at the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Winner of two 2007 awards including Foreign Language Film of the Year and Screenwriter of the Year by the London Critics' Circle.

Winner of the 2006 award for Best Foreign-Language Film of the Year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

Winner of the People's Choice Audience Award for Most Popular International Film at the 2006 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Winner of the Prix du Public Audience Award at the 2006 Locarno International Film Festival.

Winner of the Satyajit Ray Award for best first feature at the 2006 Times BFI London Film Festival.

Released in United States December 1, 2006

Released in United States Winter February 9, 2007

Released in United States on Video August 21, 2007

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States August 2006

Released in United States September 2006

Released in United States October 2006

Released in United States November 2006

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States January 2007

Released in United States February 2007

Released in United States July 2009

Shown at Times BFI London Film Festival (Cinema Europa) October 18-November 2, 2006.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 28-October 13, 2006.

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (Piazza Grande) August 2-12, 2006.

Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 12-20, 2006.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Cinema of the World: Time & Tide) January 24-February 4, 2007.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (World Cinema) January 25-February 4, 2007.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (2007 Best of Fest, Awards Buzz - Best Foreign Language Film) January 4-15, 2007.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (German Cinema) February 8-18, 2007.

Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (20 Years of Freedom) July 3-11, 2009.

Feature directorial debut for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American rights at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States December 1, 2006 (one week Oscar qualifying run; Los Angeles)

Released in United States Winter February 9, 2007

Released in United States on Video August 21, 2007

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at Times BFI London Film Festival (Cinema Europa) October 18-November 2, 2006.)

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 28-October 13, 2006.)

Released in United States August 2006 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (Piazza Grande) August 2-12, 2006.)

Released in United States September 2006 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival September 1-4, 2006.)

Released in United States October 2006 (Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 12-20, 2006.)

Released in United States November 2006 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles Film Festival (World Cinema) November 1-12, 2006.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Cinema of the World: Time & Tide) January 24-February 4, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (World Cinema) January 25-February 4, 2007.)

Released in United States January 2007 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (2007 Best of Fest, Awards Buzz - Best Foreign Language Film) January 4-15, 2007.)

Released in United States February 2007 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (German Cinema) February 8-18, 2007. )

Released in United States July 2009 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (20 Years of Freedom) July 3-11, 2009.)

The Country of Germany