Berlinale Selection 2021 The last execution

Scene from the film "The last execution" – Three men in suits and ties are sitting in a room. They seem to be discussing with one another. The two men on the right are facing the man in the foreground, who can only be seen from the back. The situation seems tense. © alamodefilm

Tue, 25.01.2022



Young Franz Walter has just graduated from Humboldt University when he receives an attractive offer from the GDR's foreign intelligence service. Dazzled by the many advantages the new job brings, Franz accepts the offer. Together with his girlfriend Corina, he initially enjoys his new life. In his superior, Dirk, Franz finds a mentor who is well-disposed towards him and who supports him in word and deed during their joint missions abroad in the FRG. At first, Franz's missions seem to merely serve the GDR's information needs, but these soon grow larger and more monstrous. When Franz suddenly, in his work assignments, has to resort to means he can no longer reconcile with his conscience, he decides to quit – but the secret service won't let him go. Soon Franz is ready to cross all boundaries – and risk everything. Franz's fight for survival against a merciless system begins.

Directed by: Franziska Stünkel
Screenplay: Franziska Stünkel
Production: Wolfgang Chimera, Bettina Wente, Frank Maehr, Frank Nitz, Oliver Haack
Music: Sebastian Karim Elias           
Cinematography: Nikolai von Graevenitz
Film editing: Andrea Mertens
Cast:  Lars Eidinger, Devid Striesow, Luise Heyer, Florian Anderer, Paula Kalenberg, Peter Benedict, Peter Lohmeyer, Kai Wiesinger, Moritz Jahn, Andreas Schröders, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Hedi Kriegeskotte, Christian Redl, Neithardt Riedel, Dirk Böhling, Hendrik Heutmann, Inka Löwendorf, Daniel Drewes, Hannes Hellmann, Thomas Schendel, Ada Philine Stappenbeck, Leon Hoge, Wolf List, Ivonne Schwarz


  • Rated “Besonders Wertvoll” by the Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung, Wiesbaden
  • Nomination in the New German Cinema Competition
  • Preselection of the German Film Award