A Woman in Berlin

A Woman in Berlin

Director: Max Färberböck Cast: Nina Hoss, Yevgeny Sidikhin, Irm Hermann

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A Woman in Berlin

The horrors and moral compromises of war set the stage for this harrowing drama from director Max Färberböck, based on a true story. An anonymous female reporter (Nina Hoss) is living in Berlin in the spring of 1945; most of the city has been reduced to rubble by bombing, the German army has been decimated, and most of those left behind are expecting the arrival of Russian troops and fearful of what awaits them. The reporter is one of a number of women who are hiding wherever they can in the city, expecting that they will be raped and brutalized by the Russians. It doesn't take long for their worst fears to be realized as the emotionally ravaged Russian soldiers take out their anger and frustration on their new captives. But the reporter, who can speak Russian, is determined not to allow herself to be violated by the soldiers, and she decides to curry favor with a Soviet officer who will then protect her from his underlings. The reporter's plan works as she becomes the lover of Major Andrej (Yevgeni Sidikhin), an officer with decidedly mixed feelings about his work. But as the reporter trades consensual sex for the safety Andrej can give her, both are aware who is the victor and who is a captive, and elsewhere in Berlin both German survivors and the soldiers occupying Berlin show the scars of war as they bring out the worst in one another. Anonyma -- Eine Frau in Berlin (aka A Woman in Berlin) received its world premiere at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/2009
UPC: 0712267290420
Original Release: 2008
Rating: NR
Source: Strand Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:07:00
Sales rank: 58,571

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Other Strand Releasing trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nina Hoss Anonyma
Yevgeny Sidikhin Andrej
Irm Hermann Widow
Jördis Triebel Baerbel Maltaus
Rosalie Thomass Greta Maltaus
Sandra Hüller Steffi
Isabell Gerschke Lisbeth
Erni Mangold 80 Year-Old Woman
Anne Kanis Refugee Girl
August Diehl Gerd
Rolf Kanies Friedrich Hoch
Rüdiger Vogler Eckhart
Juliane Köhler Elke
Ulrike Krumbiegel Ilse Hoch
Alexandra Kulikova Mascha
Roman Gribkov Anatol
Samvel Muzhikyan Andropov
Oleg Chernov Soldier #1 (Rapist)
Viktor Zhalsanov Mongol
Ralf Schermuly Bookseller
Hermann Beyer Dr. Wolf
Alekandr Samoylenko Petka
Sebastian Urzendowsky Young Soldier
Eva Löbau Actor

Technical Credits
Max Färberböck Director,Screenwriter
Niciy Axt Makeup
Simone Bar Casting
Christian Conrad Sound/Sound Designer
Lucia Faust Costumes/Costume Designer
Uli Hanisch Art Director
Henry Holt Translator
René Jordan Makeup
Anette Keiser Makeup
Astrid Kühberger Production Manager
Ewa Lind Editor
Martin Moszkowicz Executive Producer
Benedict Neuenfels Cinematographer,Production Designer
Waldemar Pokromski Makeup
Zbigniew Preisner Score Composer
Günter Rohrbach Producer
Caroline Von Senden Executive Producer
Martin Steyer Sound Mixer
Piotr Strzelecki Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Woman in Berlin
1. Coming Back [9:05]
2. The Russians [9:47]
3. Unwilling [8:02]
4. No One Spared [8:04]
5. Asking For Help [10:45]
6. Wretched Germany [9:28]
7. Another Raid [8:54]
8. Elke [:00]
9. An Announcement [9:44]
10. A Bitter Defeat [7:23]
11. Found Out [9:51]
12. A Grim Morning [12:01]
13. Transferred [9:26]
14. End Credits [7:33]

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A Woman in Berlin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This movie is so excellent and a true story.  Horrible and sad!  I give five stars.
AsiaSquawkBoxFan More than 1 year ago
The gravity of this film is very heavy. It is a morbid, dirty, and desperate film about the Russian occupation of a fallen Berlin, chronicling the survival tactics of a woman. Despite the adaptation to the unfavorable conditions of occupation, what was shocking was how the Germans reacted to the charged atrocities committed by their regular army [not the SS]. That and the testament to how many days a Russian soldier had been fighting offered a glimpse at one of tens of millions of tragic stories from that era.