Downfall
Movie Details

Downfall

February 25, 2005 | 2h 28m

Genre

Drama

Director

Oliver Hirschbiegel

Cast

Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler, Heino Ferch, Christian Berkel, Matthias Habich, Thomas Kretschmann, Michael Mendl, Andre Hennicke, Ulrich Noethen, Birgit Minichmayr, Rolf Kanies, Justus von Dohnanyi, Dieter Mann, Christian Redl, Götz Otto, Thomas Thieme, Thomas Limpinsel, Gerald Alexander Held, Donevan Gunia, Bettina Redlich, Heinrich Schmieder, Anna Thalbach, Ulrike Krumbiegel, Karl Kranzkowski, Jürgen Tonkel, Devid Striesow, Fabian Busch

Producer

Bernd Eichinger, Christine Rothe

Writer

Bernd Eichinger, Joachim C Fest, Traudl Junge, Melissa Muller

Synopsis

In the dead of a November night in 1942, a group of young women are escorted by SS officers through the woods to Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters in Eastern Prussia. They are candidates for the post of personal secretary to the Fuehrer. Among them is 22-year-old Traudl Junge, a fresh-faced girl from Munich. Traudl is chosen for the job and she is overcome with joy at the thought of serving beside her Fuehrer. BERLIN, APRIL 20, 1945: Hitler has retreated to a bunker system under the German Chancellery. Traudl Junge is asleep in her room, deep beneath the ground. She is awakened by tremors from artillery fire. The enemy is getting closer. Charting the last 10 days of Hitler's life, from his 56th birthday on April 20th, 1945 to his suicide on April 30th, the film uses multiple characters to show the chaos of a country coming apart at the seams, from Hitler's henchman under the streets of Berlin, to the soldiers and civilians fighting and dying as the Soviet Army ravaged the city above.

Awards

  • Bruno Ganz Winner for the 2005 Santa Barbara International Film Festival for Special Jury Award for Best Performance by an Actor in an International film
  • Downfall Co-Winner for the 2005 National Board of Review Award for Top Foreign Films
  • Downfall Nominee for the 2004 Academy Award for Foreign Language Film
  • Downfall Winner for the 2005 British Independent Film Awards for Best International Independent Film
  • Winner of the 2005 award for Actor of the Year (Bruno Ganz)
  • Winner of two 2005 awards including Actor of the Year (Bruno Ganz) and Foreign Language Film of the Year by the London Critics' Circle.

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