Award-winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks), three-time Golden Globe-nominee
and Emmy Award winner (Into The Storm) Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), and Golden
Globe-nominee Daniel Brühl (Rush) star in Alone In Berlin, a powerfully moving,
true-life drama-thriller set in Second World War Berlin, directed by acclaimed
actor turned filmmaker Vincent Perez (La Reine Margot), based on the
international bestseller Every Man Dies Alone / Alone In Berlin by revered
German novelist Hans Fallada.
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 drives them to 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 a renewed love for each other. Slowly their drab lives and
marriage are transformed as they unite in their quiet but profound rebellion...
Over 60 years after its
initial publication, Hans Fallada’s novel, written directly after the Second
World War, became a worldwide bestseller. Based on a true story, the powerful
and redemptive novel was described by Primo Levi as “the greatest book ever
written about German resistance to the Nazis.”