Emma Thompson heads to Germany for Alone in Berlin shoot
The film adaptation of Hans Fallada’s 1947 novel, Alone in Berlin, has started principal photography on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.
French actor Vincent Perez is directing with Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson starring as Anna and Otto Quangel. Daniel Brühl rounds up the star-studded cast, playing Gestapo inspector Escherich.
Set against the backdrop of Berlin in the 1940’s the film centres on a couple who live in a run-down apartment building and who try to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But as soon their only child dies fighting on the frontline everything changes and his death inspires them to join the German resistance.
The couple drop anonymous postcards throughout the city attacking Hitler and his regime, risking detection, which would mean certain execution. Their campaign quickly comes to the attention of Brühl’s Gestapo inspector, and a deadly game of cat-and-mouse begins.
The film was aided by the German Federal Film Fund which since its inception in 2007 has supported over 520 film productions with grants totalling €296m. The fund has played a major role in raising Germany’s profile as a film location and increasing the international competitiveness of the German film industry vs rival countries.
For further details on the requirements to secure support go to our KFTV German guide.