3 Must-see Award-winning German Movies

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The Lives of Others

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The White Ribbon

3 Must-see Award-winning German Movies

Celebrating the airing of The Killer Inside, a movie based on true events around the murders of Peter Kuerten, a famous German serial killer, we have selected three award-winning German films inspired on true events.

The Lives of Others

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and released in 2006, this is a drama about the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the GDR's secret police. It stars Ulrich Mühe as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, who conducts surveillance on a writer and his lover under the orders of the Minister of Culture. Released 17 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the East German socialist state, it was the first notable drama film about the subject after a series of comedies such as Goodbye, Lenin!

The Lives of Others won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 64th Golden Globe Awards.

The White Ribbon

Directed by award-winning director Michael Haneke, The White Ribbon is a black-and-white drama “about the roots of evil . . . Whether it’s religious or political terrorism,” according to Haneke himself. The movie develops in a Protestant village in northern Germany. On the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual.

The White Ribbon received the jury's highest prize, the Palme d'Or, and the international film critics' prize, plus a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. It also won the 2010 Golden Globe Award for the Best Foreign Language Film and two nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards in 2009: Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography.

Downfall

The brainchild of award-winning director Oliver Hirschbiegel, Downfall is a historical drama about the final 10 days of German dictator Adolf Hitler. The film was based on real accounts of the end of the Nazi rule in 1945, especially those of Traudl Junge, the last secretary for Hitler. For his portrayal of the leader of the Third Reich, Swiss actor Bruno Ganz earned worldwide acclaim and gained cult status among millennials for his speech in the bunker, adapted to many modern situations in numerous YouTube videos.

Downfall was nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film and took the award in the same category at the British Independent Film Awards. The movie won further 20 awards in festivals across the world.

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