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Der Tunnel / THE TUNNEL
It Happened Yesterday

It's 1961, the year the Berlin Wall was built, and Harry is suffocating in oppressive East Germany; he wants out, but his sister Lotte feels that an escape attempt into West Berlin would be too dangerous for her young daughter. Reluctantly leaving Lotte behind, Harry swears that he will return to rescue her. Once safely in the West, Harry teams up with his best friend and engineer, Matthis, to plan the near-impossible project of digging a tunnel under the wall, to do which they have to convince other people who want to rescue members of their family or friends trapped on the other side to join them. Nine harrowing months later, despite cave-ins, flooding and Stasi spies, the team breaks through the cellar of a building in East Berlin.
BIOGRAPHY
ROLAND SUSO RICHTER Born in Marburg (Germany), where he has worked throughout his career, Richter studied at New York's Actor's Studio, debuting as a director at the age of 21 with Überflüssig (1982), followed by Kolp (1984), Nur Frauen, kein Leben (1985), and six subsequent years in television. Sara Amerika (1999), Nichts als die Wahrheit (After the Truth, 1999), presented at the San Sebastian Festival, Eine handvoll Gras (A Handful of Grass, 2000) and Der Tunnel (2001) are his latest works.
CAST & CREW
Director
Roland Suso Richter
Screenplay
Johannes W. Betz
Photography
Martin Langer
Edition
Eva Schnarre
Music
Harald Kloser
Cast
Heino Ferch, Sebastian Koch, Nicolette Krebitz, Alexandra Maria Lara
Running Time
157 m.
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