GOOD BYE, LENIN

MATERIALS

WOLFGANG BECKER

2002 || Germany || 121 mins || 35mm || Color || in German || Feature

WORLD SALES

Bavaria Film International (Munich)

FESTIVALS / AWARDS

EFA 2003 - Winner - Best Film, Best Actor, Best Screenplay
GOLDEN GLOBES 2004 - Nomination - Best Foreign Film
BERLIN 2003 - Winner - Best European Film
CESARS 2003 - Winner - Best European Film
GOYAS 2003 - Winner - Best European Film

SYNOPSIS

Alex's proudly socialist mother awakens from a coma. Her heart is so weak that any shock might kill her. And what could be more shocking than the fall of the Berlin Wall and the triumph of capitalism in her beloved East Germany? To save his mother, Alex transforms the family apartment into an island of the past, a kind of socialist museum where his mother is lovingly duped into believing that nothing has changed. What begins as a little white lie turns into a major scam as Alex's sister and selected neighbors are recruited to maintain the pretense – and keep her in the belief that Lenin really did win after all!

CAST

Daniel Bruhl, Katrin Sass, Chulpan Khamatova, Burghart Klaussner