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Good Bye, Lenin!

Good Bye, Lenin!

In October 1989, right before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Alex Kerner (Daniel Brühl in his breakout role) is living with his mom, Christiane (Kathrin Sass), and sister, Ariane (Maria Simon). But when Christiane, a loyal party member, sees Alex participating in an anti-communist rally, she has a heart attack, falls into a coma and misses the fall of the Berlin Wall.

After she wakes, her doctors say any jarring event could make her have a heart attack. So, the family must go to great lengths to pretend communism still reigns in Berlin in Good Bye Lenin!, a charming comedy full of sociopolitical insight.

Presented by the Goethe-Institut. 

Wolfgang Becker
Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Florian Lukas, Chulpan Khamatova
2003 | 121 min | Germany | Comedy, Drama, Romance | German and Russian with English subtitles, English
The go-to film about the reunification of the East and West Germany, a crowd-pleaser buoyed by its shrewd premise and its ensemble of competent actors (fronted by a young and charming Daniel Brühl).
Best European Film, Best European Actor, Best European Screenwriter, EFA People's Choice Award, European Film Awards 2003
Audience Award, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Film Score, Best Production Design, German Film Awards 2003
Best European Union Film, César Awards 2004
Best European Film, Goya Awards 2004
Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes 2004