A Woman in Berlin (2008)

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  • IMDb page: A Woman in Berlin (2008)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 1,864 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | History | War
  • Release Date: 23 October 2008 (Germany)
  • Runtime: 131 min | 175 min (2 parts)
  • Filming Location: Cologne, North Rhine – Westphalia, Germany
  • Gross: $287,526(USA)(15 November 2009)
  • Director: Max Färberböck
  • Stars: Nina Hoss, Evgeniy Sidikhin and Irm Hermann
  • Original Music By: Zbigniew Preisner   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Invasion | Spring | Invader | Sexual Desire | Gang Bang

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Anonyma  book
  • Max Färberböck  writer
  • Catharina Schuchmann 

Known Trivia

  • As a protective measure the author requested her anonymity as author of her book: Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman In Berlin).
  • The autobiographical book, of the same name, and film, is based on the diary of its author, Anonyma (meaning “unnamed author”), which is set between the dates of 29th April 1945 to 22nd June 1945.
  • Anonyma’s memoir was virtually banned in Germany when it was first published in the late 50s. However, it became a huge bestseller and nationwide sensation when it was reprinted in 2003.
  • It is estimated that between 95,000 and 130,000 Berlin women were raped by Russian soldiers in the four months in 1945 that the Russian army occupied the city.
  • Anonyma was later revealed to be journalist Marta Hillers.

Plot: A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II. Full summary »  »

Story: A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian and, for a day or two after the invasion, keeps herself safe, but then the rapes begin. She resolves to control her fate and invites the attentions of a Russian major, Andreij Rybkin. He becomes her protector of sorts subject to pressures from his own fellow soldiers and officers. Dramas play out in the block of flats where she lives. Is she an amoral traitor? She asks, "How do we go on living?" And what of Gerd and her diary?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Produced By:

  • Martin Moszkowicz known as executive producer
  • Günter Rohrbach known as producer
  • Bernhard Thür known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Nina Hoss known as Anonyma
  • Evgeniy Sidikhin known as Major Andreij Rybkin
  • Irm Hermann known as Witwe
  • Rüdiger Vogler known as Eckhart
  • Ulrike Krumbiegel known as Ilse Hoch
  • Rolf Kanies known as Friedrich Hoch
  • Jördis Triebel known as Bärbel Malthaus
  • Roman Gribkov known as Anatol
  • Juliane Köhler known as Elke
  • Samvel Muzhikyan known as Andropov
  • Viktor Zhalsanov known as asiatischer Rotarmist
  • Aleksandra Kulikova known as Masha
  • Oleg Chernov known as Erster Vergewaltiger
  • Anne Kanis known as Flüchtlingsmädchen
  • August Diehl known as Gerd
  • Rosalie Thomass known as Greta Malthaus
  • Sandra Hüller known as Steffi
  • Erni Mangold known as Achtzigjährige Frau
  • Sebastian Urzendowsky known as Junger Soldat
  • Hermann Beyer known as Dr. Wolf
  • Ralf Schermuly known as Buchhändler
  • Isabell Gerschke known as Lisbeth
  • Aleksandr Samoylenko known as Petka
  • Eva Löbau known as Frau Wendt
  • Evgeniy Titov known as Volodja
  • Louis Schuchmann known as Felix
  • Catharina Schuchmann known as Frau Binder
  • Tomasz Leszczynski known as Grisha
  • Dmitri Bykovsky known as Sibiriak
  • Yvo Rene Scharf known as Ivan, russischer Soldat
  • Stella Kunkat known as Lenchen Hoch
  • Maksim Konovalov known as Zündapp Junge
  • Olgierd Lukaszewicz known as Buttermann
  • Hans-Peter Abts known as Stiefelrusse
  • Jasmin Al-Yasri known as Tanzende Frau
  • Dimitri Bilov known as Pfannenrusse
  • Katharina Blaschke known as Buchhändlerin
  • Wolfgang Ceczor known as Deutscher Offizier
  • Andreina de Martin known as Belästigte Frau
  • Lili Färberböck known as Fünfzehnjährige
  • Maria Hartmann known as Likörfabrikantin
  • Waléra Kanischtscheff known as Russian soldier (voice)
  • Artur Kowalski known as Hübscher Unterleutnant
  • Simon Raphael Louwen known as Russischer Soldat
  • Romuald Makarenko known as Adjutant
  • Aleksei Poluyan known as Pockennarbiger Unterleutnant
  • Kirill Ulyanov known as Dichter
  • Konstantin Vorobyev known as Vierzigjähriger
  • Igor Yatsko known as Erster Russe im Keller

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • René Jordan known as makeup artist
  • Anette Keiser known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Martina Barthelmes known as assistant set decorator
  • Markus Bendler known as picture vehicle supervisor
  • Klaus Bienen known as carpenter
  • Holger Buff known as art department intern
  • Eckart Friz known as stand-by props
  • René Heß known as art department intern
  • Stefan Isfort known as property master
  • Kai Koch known as assistant production designer
  • Anika Lotz known as art department intern
  • Joachim Monninger known as construction coordinator
  • Robin Reißmann known as art department intern
  • Joanna Skoberla known as art department intern
  • Uli Tegetmeier known as set dresser
  • Petra Maria Wirth known as drawing artist


Production Companies:

  • Constantin Film Produktion
  • Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (co-production)
  • Tempus (in association with)

Other Companies:

  • BKM  funding
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound post-production
  • Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA)  funding
  • Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen  funding
  • Globus-film  production services: casting in Russia
  • Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg  funding
  • Post Republic, The  sound post-production
  • Tonstudio Hanse Warns  foley effects


  • A-Film Distribution (2008) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Distribution (2008) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Distribution (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Alfa Films (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Seven Films (2009) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Strand Releasing (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Cine Colombia (2009) (Colombia) (all media)
  • Constantin Film Verleih (2008) (Germany) (all media)
  • Constantin Film (2008) (Austria) (all media)
  • Constantin-Filmverleih (2008) (Austria) (all media)
  • Divisa Home Video (2010) (Spain) (DVD)
  • Metrodome Video Ltd. (2010) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Monolith (2008) (Poland) (all media)
  • Multimedia (2008) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Norway) (all media)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Finland) (all media)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Iceland) (all media)
  • Shapira Films (2008) (Israel) (all media)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Vii Pillars Entertainment (2012) (Hong Kong) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • ARRI Film & TV Services

Visual Effects by:

  • Andreas Alesik known as digital artist
  • Matthias Brauner known as main title designer & animator
  • Manfred Büttner known as visual effects
  • David Laubsch known as visual effects supervisor
  • Katja Müller known as vfx & digital intermediate producer
  • Paul Poetsch known as senior compositor
  • Henning Raedlein known as visual effects
  • Marco Ringler known as digital compositor
  • Abraham Schneider known as senior compositor: ARRI
  • Tim Stern known as digital compositor
  • Stefan Tischner known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • Canada 10 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Germany 23 October 2008
  • USA 5 November 2008 (American Film Market)
  • Netherlands 15 January 2009
  • Germany 7 February 2009 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Germany 24 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Poland 8 May 2009
  • USA 6 June 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Denmark 26 June 2009
  • Portugal 16 July 2009
  • USA 17 July 2009 (limited)
  • Sweden 7 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • UK 5 February 2010
  • UK 28 February 2010 (Keswick Film Festival)
  • Germany 4 May 2010 (extended version) (part 1)
  • Germany 5 May 2010 (extended version) (part 2)
  • Germany 10 May 2010
  • Argentina 4 November 2010


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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