Der Vorleser

Der Vorleser

USA / Deutschland 2008, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Reader

The Federal Republic of Germany in the 1950s. The entire country is overshadowed by the Second World War and German atrocities, yet hardly anyone is prepared to talk about it. Michael, 15, is growing up in the sticks. On his way home from school one day he suddenly feels ill. A woman comes to his aid. Michael has scarlet fever. At their next meeting, Michael and the significantly older woman cannot deny their mutual attraction and, before long, they are embroiled in a passionate affair. Hanna surprises Michael with her deep-seated enthusiasm for books. She loves to listen to him read to her for hours on end. All the while, Michael fails to notice that Hanna is illiterate. But then, one day, Hanna disappears without trace.

Several years later, Michael is studying law in Berlin. He is observing the trial of five former concentration camp guards when he suddenly discovers Hanna among the accused women. The defendants are on trial for the murder of 300 people. The people in the courtroom all regard Hanna Schmitz as a monster. Michael, however, is torn between his disgust at Hanna′s actions and the love he once felt for her – and evidently still feels. But then the trial takes a surprising turn that completely throws Michael off course. While all the other defendants deny the accusations, Hanna provides an honest record of the horrendous events …

A moving, touching drama based on Bernhard Schlink′s international bestselling novel that has been translated into 40 languages since its publication in 1995.

Source: 59. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Stephen Daldry
Screenplay:David Hare
Director of photography:Chris Menges, Roger Deakins
Editing:Claire Simpson
Music:Nico Muhly
  
Cast: 
Kate WinsletHanna Schmitz
Ralph FiennesMichael Berg
David KrossJunger Michael Berg
Lena OlinIlana Mather
Bruno GanzProf. Rohl
Jeanette HainBrigitte
Susanne LotharCarla Berg
Matthias HabichPeter Berg
Alissa WilmsEmily Berg
Jürgen TarrachGerhard Bade
Hannah HerzsprungJulia
Karoline HerfurthMarthe
Burghart KlaußnerRichter
Sylvester GrothStaatsanwalt
Alexandra Maria LaraJunge Ilana Mather
Florian BartholomäiThomas Berg
Kirsten Blockweiblicher Richter
Hans HohlbeinAngestellter
Barbara PhilippKellnerin
Joachim TomaschewskyBriefmarkenhändler
Moritz GroveHolger
Torsten MichaelisSport Meister
Rainer SellienLehrer
Hendrik ArnstHolzplatz Arbeiter
Marie Anne FliegelHannas Nachbarin
Vijessna FerkicSophie
Frieder VenusDoktor
Max MauffRudolf
Volker BruchDieter Spenz
Fritz RothBahn Aufseher
Jacqueline MacaulayHeidelberger Dozentin
Fabian BuschVerteidiger
  
Production company:The _Weinstein Company (New York)
Producer:Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotto, Redmond Morris

All Credits

Director:Stephen Daldry
2nd Unit director:Tarik Karam
Assistant director:Josh Newport, Richard Styles
Screenplay:David Hare
based on:Bernhard Schlink (Roman)
Director of photography:Chris Menges, Roger Deakins
Camera operator:Markus Pohlus
Assistant camera:Thomas Gottschalk
2nd Camera unit:Luke Menges
Optical effects:Adolf Wojtinek, Michael Apling
Still photography:Melinda Sue Gordon
Lighting design:Philip Fleischer, Oliver Kühne, Mario Grech
Gaffer:Beda Mulzer (Zusatz)
Production design:Brigitte Broch
Production design:Christian Martin Goldbeck (Leitung Bauten)
Art director:Anja Fromm
Production design:Erwin Prib
Set design:Eva Stiebler
Set design:Brigitte Broch
Stand-by props:Ulrike Gojowczyk
Make-up artist:Gabriele Kent-Hornspool
Costume design:Ann Roth
Costumes:Daniela Backes
Editing:Claire Simpson
Sound design:Blake Leyh
Sound:Manfred Banach
Foley artist:Marko Costanzo
Audio mixing:Lee Dichter
Stunts:Marko Camper
Casting:Simone Bär
Music:Nico Muhly
  
Cast: 
Kate WinsletHanna Schmitz
Ralph FiennesMichael Berg
David KrossJunger Michael Berg
Lena OlinIlana Mather
Bruno GanzProf. Rohl
Jeanette HainBrigitte
Susanne LotharCarla Berg
Matthias HabichPeter Berg
Alissa WilmsEmily Berg
Jürgen TarrachGerhard Bade
Hannah HerzsprungJulia
Karoline HerfurthMarthe
Burghart KlaußnerRichter
Sylvester GrothStaatsanwalt
Alexandra Maria LaraJunge Ilana Mather
Florian BartholomäiThomas Berg
Kirsten Blockweiblicher Richter
Hans HohlbeinAngestellter
Barbara PhilippKellnerin
Joachim TomaschewskyBriefmarkenhändler
Moritz GroveHolger
Torsten MichaelisSport Meister
Rainer SellienLehrer
Hendrik ArnstHolzplatz Arbeiter
Marie Anne FliegelHannas Nachbarin
Vijessna FerkicSophie
Frieder VenusDoktor
Max MauffRudolf
Volker BruchDieter Spenz
Fritz RothBahn Aufseher
Jacqueline MacaulayHeidelberger Dozentin
Fabian BuschVerteidiger
  
Production company:The _Weinstein Company (New York)
in co-production with:Babelsberg Film GmbH (Potsdam-Babelsberg)
in association with:Mirage Enterprises (Los Angeles)
Producer:Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotto, Redmond Morris
Co-Producer:Henning Molfenter, Christoph Fisser, Carl L. Woebcken
Executive producer:Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Associate producer:Marieke Spencer, Nora Skinner, Michael Simon de Normier, Tarik Karam
Unit production manager:Arno Neubauer
Location manager:Jan Enderlein (Set), Matthias Braun (Motiv)
Production assistant:Caren Wiederhold
Post-production:Jennifer Lane
Shoot:02.03.2008-07.2008: Berlin, Köln, Görlitz, Lublin; Studio Babelsberg Potsdam-Babelsberg, MMC Studios Hürth
Original distributor:Senator Film Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH (MDM) (Leipzig), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin)
Length:3398 m, 124 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 19.02.2009, 117041, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (US): 10.12.2008;
Erstaufführung (DE): 06.02.2009, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 26.02.2009

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Der Vorleser
Weiterer Titel (US) The Reader

Versions

Original

Length:3398 m, 124 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 19.02.2009, 117041, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (US): 10.12.2008;
Erstaufführung (DE): 06.02.2009, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 26.02.2009
 

Awards

Jupiter Award 2010
Jupiter, Bester Darsteller
 
Europäischer Filmpreis 2009
Beste Schauspielerin
 
Academy Awards 2009
Oscar, Kategorie "Beste Darstellerin"
Nominierung in der Kategorie "Bestes adaptiertes Drehbuch"
Nominierung in der Kategorie "Beste Darstellerin"
Nominierung in der Kategorie "Bester Film"
Nominierung in der Kategorie "Beste Regie"
Nominierung in der Kategorie "Beste Kamera"
 
Golden Globe 2009
Beste Nebendarstellerin