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A Woman in Berlin (2008)

Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (original title)
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A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.

Director:

Max Färberböck

Writers:

Max Färberböck, Marta Hillers (book) (as Anonyma) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Hoss ... Anonyma
Evgeniy Sidikhin ... Major Andreij Rybkin
Irm Hermann ... Witwe
Rüdiger Vogler ... Eckhart
Ulrike Krumbiegel ... Ilse Hoch
Rolf Kanies ... Friedrich Hoch
Jördis Triebel ... Bärbel Malthaus
Roman Gribkov Roman Gribkov ... Anatol
Juliane Köhler ... Elke
Samvel Muzhikyan Samvel Muzhikyan ... Andropov
Aleksandra Kulikova Aleksandra Kulikova ... Masha
Viktor Zhalsanov Viktor Zhalsanov ... asiatischer Rotarmist
Oleg Chernov Oleg Chernov ... Erster Vergewaltiger
Eva Löbau ... Frau Wendt
Anne Kanis Anne Kanis ... Flüchtlingsmädchen
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Storyline

A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian and, for a day or two after the invasion, keeps herself safe, but then the rapes begin. She resolves to control her fate and invites the attentions of a Russian major, Andreij Rybkin. He becomes her protector of sorts subject to pressures from his own fellow soldiers and officers. Dramas play out in the block of flats where she lives. Is she an amoral traitor? She asks, "How do we go on living?" And what of Gerd and her diary? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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World War II ends and her story begins...


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany | Poland

Language:

German | Russian | Georgian

Release Date:

23 October 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,439, 19 July 2009

Gross USA:

$294,014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,863,939
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It is estimated that between 95,000 and 130,000 Berlin women were raped by Russian soldiers in the four months in 1945 that the Russian army occupied the city. See more »

Goofs

In the film it was announced that Germany had surrendered and the Russians broke into singing the anthem version that had been adopted somewhat in 1944 and known as the "Alexandrov version." However it had no lyrics until Stalin intervened. It is doubtful that war events would have permitted all soldiers to learn it because of the fierceness of the war. Most likely they would have broke into the chorus of the better known anthem which was known as "The Internationale." See more »

Quotes

Anonyma: [in German] Soldier! Why are you taking a woman against her will?
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Featured in History: Anonyma - Die Frauen von Berlin (2010) See more »

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facing the taboo
27 October 2008 | by manon-buttanSee all my reviews

rape is the particular plight of women during war and acknowledged at long last as a war crime.The plight of German women at the end of WW II was especially awful as they had protection from no one. General Eisenhower who punished rape committed by his men with execution outside of Germany (first rape took place six hours after invasion of Normandy had begun)but as for German women all men had free hands as these women were all declared "willing". The Americans are the only ones to have gone through archives as for army rape in WW II however the one recent book existing is not allowed for publishing in the US because of the war in Iraq (!!)so exists in French version only. The French and the British have preferred to turn a blind eye to what was done by their soldiers towards German women let alone the Russians. It is very important that this film has been made at long last. Subject concerns all not just its victims let alone the children born out of the horrors. Bravo Germany.


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