Alone in Berlin : Synopsis | Altitude Film

Trafalgar Releasing and Altitude Film Distribution, in partnership with Penguin Books, Classic FM and The Telegraph, are proud to present the UK premiere of ALONE IN BERLIN, live from The Imperial War Museum, on Monday 26 June ahead of the film’s release on 30 June.

The special advance screening will take place from London’s world renowned Imperial War Museum giving audiences around the country the opportunity to experience a private view of some of the museums most famous exhibits. The screening will be followed by a lively, inspiring and timely discussion prompted by the incredible true story contained in the film. Our event participants will explore the themes of 'people power’ and how small scale protest can instigate a social movement.

Two-time Academy® 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.”