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Florian Henkel von Donnesmarck

(Das Leben der Anderen)
Duration: 137 mins
Country of Origin: Germany, 2006
Mongrel Media 20th Anniversary
Director: Florian Henkel von Donnesmarck

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

"A thoroughly compelling political thriller, at once intellectually challenging and profoundly emotional."—Claudia Puig, USA Today

"The Lives of Others is a supremely intelligent, unfailingly honest look at a shadowy period in recent German history."—AO Scott, New York Times