The Reader


2h 3m 2008

Brief Synopsis

When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15 year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. The two begin an unexpected and passionate affair only for Hanna to suddenly and inexplicably disappear. Eight years later, Michael, now a young law student observing Nazi war trials,

Film Details

Also Known As
Reader
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Romance
Release Date
2008
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE ATLANTIS VIVAFILM/THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
Location
Berlin, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Synopsis

When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15 year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. The two begin an unexpected and passionate affair only for Hanna to suddenly and inexplicably disappear. Eight years later, Michael, now a young law student observing Nazi war trials, meets his former lover again, under very different circumstances. Hanna is on trial for a hideous crime, and as she refuses to defend herself, Michael gradually realizes his boyhood love may be guarding a secret she considers to be more shameful than murder.

Crew

Gina R. Alfano

Adr Editor

Pablo Alza

Painter

Anton Anderson

Digital Effects Artist

Kim Armitage

Script Supervisor

Stefanie Arndt

Art Department

Antonio L Arroyo

Sound Mixer

Armin Bach

Rigging Electrician

Daniela Backes

Set Costumer

Manfred Banach

Sound Recordist

Simone Bär

Casting

Cassandra Barbour

Rights & Clearances

Chris Barrett

Music Engineer

Michael Barry

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Martin Bartels

Videotape Operator

Martina Barthelmes

Props Buyer

Carsten Baum

Driver

Martina Baumgartner

Art Department

Leslie Bautsch

Post-Production Coordinator

Jamie Baxter

Digital Effects Artist

Jens Baylis

Assistant Editor

Ryan Beadle

Software Engineer

Alex Bechberger

Driver

Steve Beganyi

High Definition Systems Engineer

Susan Belaval

Art Department Coordinator

Lee Bennett

Colorist

Markus Bensch

Location Assistant

Christopher Berg

Dailies

Roman Berger

Carpenter

Walter Berretz

Adr Mixer

Herve Berthou

Driver

Indra Besing

Assistant Property Master

Karin Betzler

Set Decorator

Bernd Biemüller

Adr Mixer

Katri Billard

Script Supervisor

Dave Blazina

Assistant Director

Dana Bloder

Film Lab

Christoph Blum

Driver

Jason Blum

Co-Executive Producer

Martin Christopher Bode

Set Production Assistant

Alex Boden

Production Associate

Klaus Boechel

Stand-In

Dan Bora

Music

David Boulton

Adr Mixer

Thomas Bowes

Original Music

Georg Bozkur

Electrician

Matthias Braun

Location Manager

Brigitte Broch

Production Designer

Carol Brown Janeway

Interpreter

Cara Buckley

Visual Effects Producer

Dorota Budna

Costumes

Volkhard Buff

Stunt Coordinator

John Bunt

Digital Effects Artist

Maresa Burmester

On-Set Dresser

Stephan Buttchereidt

Painter

Claudia Büttner

Stand-In

Nina Buttner

Accounting Assistant

Ron Buttner

On-Set Dresser

Tilman Buttner

Steadicam Operator

Peter Chiang

Visual Effects Supervisor

Temple Clark

Storyboard Artist

Katja Clos

Graphic Designer

William Conacher

Dialect Coach

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Paulina Czech

Production Manager

Sam Dabbs

Digital Effects Artist

Jana Daedelow

Assistant Production Coordinator

Sahin Dagdelen

Adr Mixer

Maximilian Dahlhaus

Set Production Assistant

Torsten Dahlke

Painter

Lothar Dankert

Driver

Andrew J. Day

Gaffer

Michael Simon De Normier

Associate Producer

Roger Deakins

Camera Operator

Roger Deakins

Director Of Photography

Pam Demetruis

Adr Editor

Lee Dichter

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Esther Disteldorf

Art Department

Sabrina Donati

Assistant

Dennis Dorney

Visual Effects Editor

Mark Dornfeld

Visual Effects Supervisor

Katharina Drescher

Costumes

Jerome Dupuis

Set Production Assistant

Michael Duwel

Art Department

Renzo D¿alberto

Adr Mixer

Lori Eastside

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Dan Edelstein

Adr Editor

Matthias Edinger

Best Boy Electric

Lisa Eichhorn

Costumes

Axel Eichhorst

Concept Artist

Jan Enderlein

Transportation Coordinator

Jan Enderlein

Unit Manager

Daniel Erb

Camera

Jakub Exner

Location Manager

Nawid Fassili

Driver

Kurt Feltz

Song

Michele Ferrone

Visual Effects Producer

Michael Feuser

Music Editor

Michael Feuser

Adr Editor

Carlos Fidel

Assistant Director

Mara Fiedler

Office Runner

Sandi Figueroa

Costumer

Senfkorn Film

Production Consultant

Christoph Fisser

Coproducer

Olga Fitzroy

Music Engineer

James Flatto

Music Editor

Philip Fleischer

Electrician

Dave Flynch

Foley

Pauline Fowler

Prosthetic Makeup

Kaitlyn Fox

High Definition Systems Engineer

Jackson C Frank

Song

Vic Fraser

Music

Dennis Freeman

Driver

David Friedewald

Driver

Anja Fromm

Art Director

Jimmy Fusil

Film Lab

Sebastian Gaebel

Driver

James Gambino

Digital Effects Artist

Adam Gass

Visual Effects Editor

Jens Gaube

Swing Gang

Camille Geier

Visual Effects Producer

Liudmila Gertsen

Assistant Production Coordinator

Brian Gibbs

Production Accountant

Heinz Gietz

Song

Donna Gigliotti

Producer

Peter Gleaves

Adr Mixer

Marita Goetz

Assistant Property Master

Ulrike Gojowczyk

Props

Murat Gökcen

Driver

Christian Goldbeck

Art Director

Wolf Marcus Goppner

Assistant Art Director

Melinda Sue Gordon

Photography

Chris Görges

Rigging Electrician

Thomas Gottschalk

Camera

Alix Graham

Assistant

Jim Greenhorn

Sound Recordist

Sarah Grieshammer

Digital Effects Artist

Isobel Griffiths

Original Music

Heather Gross

Sound Effects Editor

Julia Gruen

Assistant

Frank Guhn

Medic

Trevor Gureckis

Assistant

Omid Gutt

On-Set Dresser

Terry Haggar

Color Timer

Sparka Hall

Assistant Costume Designer

Bruce Hamme

Dolly Grip

Dirk Hannemann

Driver

Marlus C Harding

Accountant

David Hare

Screenplay

Andy Harris

Assistant Camera

Stefan Hauck

Art Director

Dietmar Haupt

Rigging Electrician

Adam Hawkes

Digital Effects Artist

Susan Hegarty

Dialect Coach

Gesche Hein

Assistant Set Decorator

Christoph Heinecke

On-Set Dresser

Dirk Henkel

Electrician

Michael Herbell

Stage Manager

Karen Hesse

Tailor

Marian Heymann

Grip

Stefan Hiegemann

Electrician

Harry Higgins

Sound Re-Recordist

Mathias Hildebrand

Electrician

Matthias Hildebrandt

Security

Steffi Hiller

Production Accountant

Eric Hirsch

Sound Re-Recordist

Christian Hitzler

Electrician

Christina Hoenicke

Props Buyer

Jonathan Hoffman

High Definition Systems Engineer

David Hoffmann

Assistant Property Master

Jens Hoffmann

Security

Yves Hoffmann

Grip

Jan Hogevold

Visual Effects Producer

Shaina Holmes

Digital Effects Artist

Gregor Hoppe

Driver

Lindsay Hoppe

Digital Effects Artist

Katja Horstmann

Coordinator

Cara Hunnekes

Props

Heike Hutt

Costume Supervisor

Wolfgang Hutter

Driver

Paul Hyman

Assistant Editor

Michelle Icahn

Office Runner

Michaela Ifkovits

Assistant Location Manager

Justin Israel

Digital Effects Artist

Sarah Jablonka

Art Department

Sondra James

Adr Voice Casting

Jina Jay

Casting

Christopher Jennings

Music Engineer

Sven Jenuwein

Stage Manager

Bobby Johanson

Adr Mixer

Lucinda Johnston

Casting

Nele Jordan

On-Set Dresser

Alexander Jung

Best Boy Electric

Margit Jutz

Accounting Assistant

Kerstin Kaczmarek

Office Runner

Caroline Kampfer

Office Runner

Oskar Kantor

Costumes

Tarik Karam

Associate Producer

Tarik Karam

Unit Director

Nitant Karnik

Digital Effects Artist

Tobias Vincent Kastner

Driver

Film Details

Also Known As
Reader
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Romance
Release Date
2008
Distribution Company
ALLIANCE ATLANTIS VIVAFILM/THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
Location
Berlin, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Award Wins

Best Actress

2009
Kate Winslet

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2008 award for Best Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet) by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA).

Winner of the 2008 award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Kate Winslet) by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Winner of the 2008 Orange Award for Best Leading Actress (Kate Winslet) by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Released in United States Winter December 10, 2008

Released in United States December 12, 2008

Released in United States on Video April 14, 2009

Released in United States February 2009

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 5-15, 2009.

Based on the novel "The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink and published by Pantheon Books in June 1997.

Project was originally in development at Miramax.

Nicole Kidman was previously attached to star but dropped out due to pregnancy.

Mike Nichols was previously attached to produce.

Released in United States Winter December 10, 2008

Released in United States December 12, 2008 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video April 14, 2009

Released in United States February 2009 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 5-15, 2009.)

Winner of the 2008 award for Best Actress (Kate Winslet) by the London Critics' Circle.