Taglines: In the heart of terror, they resist everyday life.
In 1940, German soldier Hans Quangel is killed in action during the French campaign. His parents, Otto and Anna, are devastated by the loss and their bereavement is unmollified by the joyful hysteria at Germany’s victory. Deciding that Fuhrer Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime are responsible for this tragedy and much more, Otto cannot stand by any longer. As such, Otto begins to create handwritten cards denouncing the regime’s abuses and lies, which he secretly deposits throughout Berlin while a disillusioned Anna insists on helping him.
As the subversive cards pile up over the years, police detective Escherich is tasked to track down the leafleteer while being pressured by his increasingly impatient SS superior for an arrest for this “treason,” regardless of actual guilt. As the stakes rise even as Nazi Germany’s day of reckoning approaches, Otto and Anna are determined to spread the truth regardless of the odds even as their opposition awaits the fatal mistake that could doom them.
Alone in Berlin is a 2016 war drama film directed by Vincent Pérez and written by Pérez and Achim von Borries, based on the 1947 fictionalized novel Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada. The novel’s characters Otto and Anna Quangel are based on the real lives of Otto and Elise Hampel. When their son dies in France, the couple start writing postcards to urge people to protest against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime.
The film stars Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, and Daniel Brühl. Principal photography began on 27 March 2015 in Berlin. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. The film adaptation Alone in Berlin was first screened at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2016. The film starred Emma Thompson as Anna Quangel, Brendan Gleeson as Otto Quangel, and Daniel Brühl as Escherich.
Alone in Berlin
Directed by: Vincent Pérez
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Emma Thompson, Louis Hofmann, Brendan Gleeson, Mikael Persbrandt, Katharina Schüttler, Jacob Matschenz, Hildegard Schroedter, Rafael Gareisen
Screenplay by: Achim von Borries, Vincent Perez
Production Design by: Jean-Vincent Puzos
Cinematography by: Christophe Beaucarne
Film Editing by: François Gédigier
Costume Design by: Nicole Fischnaller
Set Decoration by: Ingeborg Heinemann
Art Direction by: Utta Hagen, Anja Müller, Andreas Olshausen
Music by: Alexandre Desplat
MPAA Rating: R for brief violence.
Distributed by: IFC Films
Release Date: January 13, 2017