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Closing Film: The Last Execution (Nahschuss)

Film|Neu 2021 - Nahschuss © Benjamin Seikel
© Benjamin Seikel

Sunday, November 21, 8:00 pm
Landmark's E Street Cinema

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Germany, 2021, 116 min., Director: Franziska Stünkel, Screenplay: Franziska Stünkel, Cast: Lars Eidinger, Luise Heyer, Devid Striesow, Moritz Jahn Production: Benjamin Seikel

• Chicago International Film Festival 2021: Nomination, New Directors Competition (Franziska Stünkel)

• Festival of German Films Ludwigshafen 2021: Nomination, Filmkunstpreis; Nomination, Rheingold-Publikumspreis

• Munich International Film Festival 2021: Nominated, Neues Deutsches Kino Competition; Awarded, Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino (Franziska Stünkel); Awarded, One Future Preis des Filmfests München (Franziska Stünkel) 

East Berlin, 1981. Tempted by the offer of a prestigious professorship, ambitious scientist Franz Walter is convinced to go to work for the GDR’s Stasi. Blackmail, coercion, surveillance, wiretapping – they all become part of his daily routine. As the consequences of these duties bear down on him, Franz realizes he can’t, in good conscience, continue. But can one man stand up to a totalitarian system? Inspired by the true story of Werner Teske, this historical drama comes alive as a white-knuckle political and psychological thriller and a searing indictment of an immoral authoritarian state.

Franziska Stünkel was born in Göttingen in 1973. From 1994 she studied screenwriting and film direction at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Kassel, followed by film studies in Hildesheim in 1996. In 1999 she went to the FH Hannover, where she studied film in the faculty of fine arts. 

Stünkel made her feature film debut with Vineta (2006), a film adaptation of Moritz Rinke's play Republik Vineta. At the Hamburg Film Festival, Vineta was awarded the Otto Sprenger Prize for Best Debut Film. At the Houston International Film Festival (USA) Vineta won the Remi Silver Award; Stünkel also received a nomination for the German Film Award in the Screenplay category. Stünkel's latest film, The Last Execution, premiered at the Munich Film Festival 2021, where Stünkel won the Award for Best Screenplay. The theatrical release was in August 2021.

This film is appropriate for audiences over 18. The film is subtitled in English.

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