Director of “The Lives of Others” by Brian Brooks

German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck made his mark early on at home with his short “Dobermann,” taking best short film at the Dresden Film Festival as well as an award at the Munich Film Festival. His latest film, “The Lives of Others” (Das Leben der Anderen) surrounds East Germany’s secret police (Stasi) and a famous couple living in the DDR. In the early 1980s, the successful dramatist Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular actress, are big stars, although they secretly don’t always maintain the party line. One day, the Minister of Culture becomes interested in Christa, so the secret service agent Wiesler is instructed to observe and sound out the couple, but their life fascinates him more and more. “The Lives of Others” has been nominated for a best foreign-language Oscar as well as a Film Independent Spirit Award. The film has won awards at festivals around the globe including Locarno, Denver, Vancouver, London and his native country. Sony Pictures Classics opens the movie in the U.S. beginning in limited release Friday, February 9.

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