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Category: Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: DramaSub-Category: political thriller, drama filmMain subject: Cold WarNarrative location: BerlinRuntime: 137 - 138 minutesColor: colorLanguage: GermanCountry: Canada, GermanyFilming location: BerlinDirector: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckScreenwriter: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckMusic: Gabriel YaredCinematography: Hagen BogdanskiStars: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Volkmar Kleinert, Matthias Brenner, Charly Hubner Producer: Florian Henckel von DonnersmarckStudio: Arte, Bayerischer RundfunkAwards won: Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
César Award for Best Foreign Film
Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Lives of Others is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, about the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret police. It stars Ulrich Mühe as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his superior Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as the playwright Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as Dreyman's lover, a prominent actress named Christa-Maria Sieland. The film was released in Germany on 23 March 2006. At the same time, the screenplay was published by Suhrkamp Verlag. The Lives of Others won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film had earlier won seven Deutscher Filmpreis awards—including those for best film, best director, best screenplay, best actor, and best supporting actor—after setting a new record with 11 nominations. It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 64th Golden Globe Awards. The Lives of Others cost US$2 million and grossed more than US$77 million worldwide as of November 2007.

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