Alone in Berlin


Based on the best-selling novel by Hans Fallada

Director: Vincent Perez

Writer: Vincent Perez, Achim von Borries, Bettine von Borries

Producers: Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott, Marco Pacchioni, James Schamus

Cast: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brüh

Berlin 1940. The City is paralyzed by fear. Otto and Anna Quangel are a working class couple living in a shabby apartment block 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…

Based on a true story, Hans Fallada’s powerful and redemptive novel, written shortly after the Second World War, was described by Primo Levi as “The greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis”. Not before time, it has become a film.

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