Brief synopsis

East Berlin, 1981. Tempted by the offer of a prestigious professorship, ambitious scientist Franz Walter (Lars Eidinger) is convinced to go to work for the GDR’s Stasi. Blackmail, coercion, surveillance, wiretapping–they all become part of his daily routine. As the consequences of these duties bear down on him, Franz realizes he can’t, in good conscience, continue. But can one man stand up to a totalitarian system? Inspired by the true story of Werner Teske, this historical drama comes alive as a white-knuckle political and psychological thriller and a searing indictment of an immoral authoritarian state.

Cast

ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Lars EidingerFranz [L]
Devid StriesowDirk [L]
Luise HeyerCorina Walter [L]
Florian Anderer
Schulte [SR]
Peter BenedictRA Schreiber [SR]
Dirk Böhling
Müller [SR]
Hannes HellmannRichter [SR]
Paula KalenbergKlara [SR]
Hedi KriegeskotteMargit Walter [SR]
Wolf ListGefängniswärter1 [SR]
Inka LöwendorfAnja Hartmann [SR]
Christian RedlHans Walter [SR]
Neithardt RiedelVater Corina Teichmann [SR]
Stefan WoelkHVA Mann [SR]
Daniel DrewesRichter [SR]
Hendrik HeutmannBernd [SR]
Ivonne SchwarzRegistrar [SR]
Andreas SchrödersHagedorn [SR]
Ada Philine StappenbeckLuisa Langenfeld [SR]
Victoria TrauttmansdorffProf. Link [SR]
Kai WiesingerWagner [SR]
Malte BeneckeAGM / S-Mann [SR]
Peter LohmeyerPanter [SR]
Thomas G. HintzeArzt [BP]
Leon HogeHorst Langenfeld [BP]
Rüdiger KluckGefängnisbeamter [BP]
Julia TitzePassagierin [BP]
Mara ScherzingerStewardess [BP]
Thomas SchendelKühn

Crew

ActivityNameComment
Production accountantFlorian Wahl
Vfx producerJan Koch [2]
Post production supervisorArne Möller
2d artistSimon Wildt
VFX retouching
VFX retouching
2d artistJonathan Friesen
VFX retouching - Schnittwerk GmbH
VFX retouching - Schnittwerk GmbH
ColoristHannes Häger
Muster und Final Grading
Muster und Final Grading
ColoristLukas Häusler
Muster
Muster
Rotoscoping artistJan Wehrmann
Director of photographyNikolai von Graevenitz
Camera operatorChristoph Greiner
Nachdrehtag A- Kamera
Nachdrehtag A- Kamera
1st assistant cameraRene Zander
B-Unit
B-Unit
1st assistant cameraPatrick Goetz
A-Cam
A-Cam
2nd assistant cameraDung Ngoc Pham
A - CAM
A - CAM
Data wrangler / digital loaderBastian Godoy
Und video operator
Und video operator
Rear projection plates operatorThomas Matysiak
Projektmanager
Projektmanager
Rear projection plates operatorRobin Landsgesell
Plate Assistant
Plate Assistant
Rear projection plates operatorTobias Sieben
Plate Operator
Plate Operator
Rear projection plates operatorJannik Klingel
Plate Operator
Plate Operator
Video assist/playback operatorBastian Godoy
Still photographerMarion von der Mehden
Still photographerMartin Valentin Menke
NRW
NRW
Extras/bit player castingMechthild Olliges
Extras/bit player castingTanja Schwichtenberg
Costume designerUte Paffendorf
Assistant costume designerMarita Hoffjann
WardrobeMichelle Kleinsorg
DirectorFranziska Stünkel
1st AD (local system)René Bosman
2nd AD crowd (local system)Joshua Neubert
EditorAndrea Mertens
Rigging gripChristoffer Schulz
Stabilized remote head technicianLudwig Zimmer
MōVI pro, armorman
MōVI pro, armorman
GafferPhilipp Rambow
Best boyMiklos Endres
Lighting technician / electricianHannes Casper
Additional electricianEric Cabutí
Lighting assistantKevin Ruhland
Lighting assistantMaria Vogel
Makeup artist / hair stylistNicole Skaletz
Makeup artist / hair stylistAnja Drewermann
Nachdreh
Nachdreh
Makeup artist / hair stylistBrigitta Lüttge
Zusatz
Zusatz
Makeup artist / hair stylistDolores Sanchez
Additional make up artistKatharina Heep
ProducerBenjamin Seikel
Assistant-/ junior-producerGerrit Gronau
Assistant to producerStefanie Gimpel
Production designerAnke Osterloh
Art directorNils Herkendell
Set decoratorJeannine Ulrich
historic 1980/DDR/ Production Design Anke Osterloh
historic 1980/DDR/ Production Design Anke Osterloh
Set decoratorSolveigh Sprengel
Berlin/ NRW
Berlin/ NRW
Prop masterAlexis Teller
Standby propsMatthias Kersten
historisch 1980 DDR
historisch 1980 DDR
Set dresserTeresa Baier
Set dresserUlrike Sainiuc
DE/HH HISTORISCH 1980 DDR
DE/HH HISTORISCH 1980 DDR
Set decoration buyerJörg Schade
zusätzlich Prop Buyer
zusätzlich Prop Buyer
Assistant to propmaster /- buyerAdrian Gebauer
Assistant stand by propsTheresa Neupert
Assistant set decoratorLena Rössger
Assistant set decoratorJule Bünsche
Berlin, NRW
Berlin, NRW
Location scoutKarin Verbeek
Locationscouting / Motiv-AL / Loc_management Hamburg/Schl.-Holstein
Locationscouting / Motiv-AL / Loc_management Hamburg/Schl.-Holstein
Location scoutPia Esten
NRW
NRW
Location scoutMarei Wenzel
Set builderAndreas J Klein
NRW
NRW
Stand by set builderDietrich Kirst
Graphic artistJenny Döhren
Property driverFrank Schreiber [2]
Property driverLeif Ahsbahs
Property driverFelix Eckert
Set Dec Fahrer | 25.10.19 bis 18.12.19
Set Dec Fahrer | 25.10.19 bis 18.12.19
Line producerHeinz-Georg Voskort
Assistant to line producerJulia Rieve
Production managerTim Körbelin
Travel coordinatorLena Pohl
Assistant production managerAnna Laura Börmck
Vorbereitung
Vorbereitung
Assistant production managerTim Arnoldi
Unit managerJulius Ottow
1. AL `+ Motiv-AL für NRW
1. AL `+ Motiv-AL für NRW
Unit managerMartina Bismark
Set manager/ floor managerLevke Palm
Assistant set/floor managerPauline Binke
Production driverSophie Kratzsch
Production driverSören Hunold
ScreenwriterFranziska Stünkel
Production sound mixerAndreas Prescher
Boom operatorBoris Wolfrum
Sound designerStefan Kolleck
Foley editorEugen Sarazinski
Stuntman/womanJürgen Klein
Double Eidinger
Double Eidinger
Commissioning editorOlaf Grunert
arte
arte
Commissioning editorDaniel Blum
ZDF
ZDF
Pr photographerFranziska Strauss

Distributing companies

CompanyComment
Alamode Filmdistribution oHG [de]
Deutschland
Deutschland
Global Screen - a brand of Telepool GmbH [de]
World Sales
World Sales

Facilities

DepartmentCompanyComment
Finance/Law/Insuranceadag Payroll Services GmbH
Komparsenabrechnung
Komparsenabrechnung
Production Servicesbloc inc filmservice GmbH
+ Trailer & Equipment
+ Trailer & Equipment
Production ServicesBPS Sicherheit GmbH
Production ServicesFranks Filmprodukion GmbH
Production ServicesHB-Security
Miettoiletten
Miettoiletten
Production ServicesHollywood Diner GmbH Filmcatering
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationNovus Media - Medien- & Filmservice
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationRoad Rebel
CostumesAdlershofer Fundus
CostumesKostümfundus Babelsberg GmbH
KB: Ute Paffendorf
KB: Ute Paffendorf
CostumesPATIN-A SHOP GmbH
Costume supplies
Costume supplies
CostumesTheaterkunst GmbH Kostümausstattung
KB: Ute Paffendorf
KB: Ute Paffendorf
DecorationBaubühne GmbH
Berlin
Berlin
Locations and StudiosMotivBuero, Karin Verbeek
Motivaufnahmeleitung Hamburg_Schl.-Holstein
Motivaufnahmeleitung Hamburg_Schl.-Holstein
Locations and StudiosMotivBuero, Karin Verbeek
Loc_database/Loc_scouting HH/Schl.-Holstein
Loc_database/Loc_scouting HH/Schl.-Holstein
PropsAdlershofer Fundus
PropsFilm Ambulanz Hamburg
historical medical equipment
historical medical equipment
PropsFTA Film- und Theater-Ausstattung GmbH
Alle Bereich
Alle Bereich
PropsRequisitenspeicher
Vehicles and aircraftsFilmfahrzeuge- & Setbetreuung Christian Schulz
Spielfahrzeuge DDR 80iger Jahre
Spielfahrzeuge DDR 80iger Jahre
Vehicles and aircraftsSetlounge GmbH
Aufenthaltsmobil WC Anhänger
Aufenthaltsmobil WC Anhänger
Video/Computer PlaybackProduction Concept GmbH & Co. KG
Rear Projection Car Plates
Rear Projection Car Plates
Subtitles / Audio descriptionNo Limits Media GmbH

Awards

Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Franziska Stünkel2021Filmfest München [de]Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino - RegieNominated
Franziska Stünkel2021Filmfest München [de]One-Future-PreisWinner
Franziska Stünkel2021Filmfest München [de]Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino - DrehbuchWinner
Nikolai von Graevenitz2021Camerimage Festival [pl]Golden Frog - Main CompetitionNominated

Festivals

YearCountryFestivalComment
2021GermanyFestival of German Film LudwigshafenRheingold-Publikumspreis
2021GermanyFilmfest MünchenNeues Deutsches Kino
2021USAChicago International Film FestivalNew Directors Competition, Women in Cinema

Cinema

TypeCountryDateComment
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 12/08/2021
PremiereSunday, 04/07/2021World premiere at the Munich Film Festival