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by Vincent Perez


Based on a true story, Hans Fallada’s powerful and redemptive novel, written shortly after the Second World War, describes a city paralyzed by fear. Otto and Anna Quangel are an ordinary couple living in a shabby apartment block in Berlin 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 propels them into 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 slowly their drab lives and marriage are transformed as they unite in their quiet but profound rebellion.

international title: Alone in Berlin
original title: Seul dans Berlin
country: France, Germany, United Kingdom
sales agent: Cornerstone Films
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Vincent Perez
film run: 100'
release date: FR 23/11/2016
screenplay: Vincent Perez, Achim von Borries
cast: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl
cinematography by: Christophe Beaucarne
film editing: François Gédigier
art director: Jean-Vincent Puzos, Utta Hagen, Anja Müller, Andreas Olshausen
costumes designer: Nicole Fischnaller
producer: Marco Pacchioni
production: Master Movies, X Filme Creative Pool, Pathé Films, FilmWave
distributor: Pathé Distribution


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