In 1984 East Germany, Stasi Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe),is ordered to spy on the playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) who had so far escaped state scrutiny due to his Communist views and international recognition. Wiesler and his team bug Dreyman’s apartment, set up surveillance equipment in an attic and begin reporting Dreyman’s activities. Wiesler learns that Dreyman has been put under surveillance at the request of the Minister of Culture, who covets Dreyman’s girlfriend, actress Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck). Wiesler becomes unexpectedly sympathetic to the couple, then faces conflicting loyalties when his superior orders Wiesler to get the playwright out of the way.
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and starring Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck and Sebastian Koch.
Germany 2006 | In German with English subtitles | 137 mins | Cert 15
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