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Recent Films and DVDs (2005-2007)

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Das Leben der Anderen DVD
ACADEMY AWARD: Best Foreign Language Film
Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others, 2006)
This Oscar-winning film is now on
DVD (Region 2, PAL, Germany).
Read my review of this film/DVD.

German Movie Guide
German-Language Films on DVD and Video

This page is part of our guide to German-language films from 1997 to now, plus German film classics from earlier years. Also see: Best German Films for German-Learners, German Movie Index, German Movies on DVD, and German Movies: Introduction.

Recent German-Language Films: 2005-2007
Films listed alphabetically for each year
Years are for original release in home market

Alphabetical Index of German films

Abbreviations Used:
A Austria, CH Switzerland, D Germany
NTSC U.S. TV/video standard
PAL German TV/video standard

NOTE: Not all films listed, even older ones, are available on DVD/video. German DVDs are Region Code 2/PAL and will not play on a normal North American Region Code 1 DVD player. For more about playing German DVDs in North America, see our DVD Guide.

To buy the German (PAL, Region 2) DVD versions of many of the films below, see the German-Hollywood DVD Store.


2007 Films and DVDs

Die Fälscher (A, The Counterfeiters)
ACADEMY AWARD - Best Foreign Language Film
DVD: Buy the German DVD (Region 2, PAL) from the German-Hollywood DVD Store
Based on a true story, this Oscar-winning Austrian film was featured at the 2007 Berlinale. Based on the book by Adolf Burger, the Austro-German production, filmed in part in Berlin, tells the story of master forger Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch and his fellow criminals who were assigned the job of forging massive amounts of fake dollars and pounds, in an effort by the Nazi regime to weaken the Allies. More...


2006 Films and DVDs

Das Leben der Anderen (D, The Lives of Others)
ACADEMY AWARD - Best Foreign Language Film
DVD: Available as NTSC (US) DVD (Region 1) or German Region 2, PAL DVD
See my full review of this film. - This Oscar-winning film about how the Stasi (East German secret police) spied on the lives of the country's citizens was praised for its quality and lack of "Ostalgia." It first played in German cinemas in March 2006. Featured at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2006, the film's limited U.S. theatrical release in February 2007 came just before it won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Read my review of this film/DVD. Web: Das Leben der Anderen (German) | IMDb: 'Das Leben der Anderen' | The Lives of Others (English)

The Thief Lord (D, Herr der Diebe)
Thief Lord DVD Director: Richard Claus. A children's adventure tale based on the best-selling novel Herr der Diebe by German author Cornelia Funke. Filmed in English with a British cast and a German director/producer. The German theatrical release was on Jan. 5, 2006. The North American straight-to-DVD release was on March 14, 2006. Synopsis: After their mother dies, two boys flee their mean aunt and head for Venice, where they meet Scipio, the mysterious "Thief Lord." Along with a small band of abandoned kids who call an old movie theater home, the boys join Scipio's world of robbing the rich to support themselves. Soon, they win the heart of the detective hired to track them, and begin an adventure that leads them to an old merry-go-round believed to have special powers. Vanessa Redgrave has a cameo role (as Sister Antonia) with a supporting cast of young unknown British actors. See the German trailer from Warner Bros. and our article about the novel by Funke (in German and in English translation).
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2005 Films and DVDs

Alles auf Zucker! (D, Go for Zucker)
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DVD: Region 2, PAL DVD from the German-Hollywood DVD Store
Director: Dani Levy. Comedy with Henry Hübchen and Hannelore Elsner. The German title "Alles auf Zucker" is a play on words that alludes to the betting nature of the title character. Zucker is a non-kosher Jewish journalist in Berlin. When his mother dies, he is forced to work with his long-estranged brother and to meet all his other orthodox Jewish relatives. During preparations for the funeral he gambles to pay his debts, and things begin to fall apart as he and his wife pretend they are also orthodox. The U.S. DVD is in German with English subtitles.

Downfall (Der Untergang) (D 2004, US release 2005)
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel. Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire) is Hitler in his final days in Berlin. Now available on Region 1 (US/Canada) DVD. For more, see Der Untergang below and my review.

Merry Christmas (F/D/UK 2005, Joyeux Noël)
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Director: Christian Carion. This French/German/UK co-production, featuring well-known German actors Diane Kruger ("Krüger" as a Danish soprano), Benno Fürmann, and Daniel Brühl (as Lt. Horstmayer), was released in French and German cinemas (as Merry Christmas!) in November 2005 after being featured at the Cannes and Berlin film festivals. Based on the true story of the World War I Christmas Eve truce in 1914, the film tells how "the Germans, French, and Scottish try to make peace, so they bury their dead and play football." A French director, a Belgian cameraman (Walther van den Ende), and acting talent from Scotland, France, and Germany have come together to make a truly European film in French, German, English, and Latin that will be the French candidate for Best Foreign Language Film at the next Academy Awards.
WEB > Merry Christmas - Der Film (German site)
WEB > Joyeux Noël - IMDb

Napola - Elite für den Führer (D, Before the Fall)
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DVD: Region 2, PAL DVD from the German-Hollywood DVD Store
Director: Dennis Gansel. "Napolas" (National Political Institutes for Learning) were special military schools set up by the Nazi regime to groom new officers. The story of two boys (played by Max Riemelt and Tom Schilling) attending a Napola in Prague in 1942 and how they react to the school's Nazi indoctrination. This award-winning film offers an interesting look at the ways the National Socialists tried to brainwash young people. U.S. DVD in German with English subtitles.

Sophie Scholl DVD
Sophie Scholl (2005)
On DVD (Region 1 or 2)

Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (D, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days)
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Director: Marc Rothemund. With a 2006 Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, this movie is based on the true story of brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl, two students at the University of Munich who resisted the Nazis and paid with their lives. Julia Jentsch won Best Actress at the Berlinale for her portrayal of Sophie Scholl. Also see Die weiße Rose, an earlier film whose title comes from the name of the Scholls' resistance group. Review: Sophie Scholl - The Final Days by Marchy Dermansky, About's Guide for World Film
WEB > Sophie Scholl - IMDb

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