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Alone in Berlin
Based on the inspirational true story of Otto Hampel and his wife Elise, which was fictionalised in the novel Every Man Dies, Alone In Berlin is a wartime drama directed by Vincent Perez that unfolds in 1940 Berlin where animosity towards Jews is on the rise. Otto Quangel (Brendan Gleeson) is a foreman at a factory who comes home every night to his doting wife Anna (Emma Thompson). They are devastated to receive a telegram informing them of the death of their only son Hans (Louis Hofmann). The couple's grief is compounded by the senseless death of an old Jewish woman, who lives in the apartment upstairs. Otto decides to channel his rage into penning an anonymous postcard, with a strongly worded message to defy Hitler and the Nazi regime. Anna joins her husband in this covert enterprise and together they drop over 200 postcards around the German capital, knowing full well that if they are discovered they will be executed. SS Officer Prall (Mikael Persbrandt) demands action and police detective Escherich (Daniel Bruhl) is charged with unmasking the writer as part of Operation Hobgoblin.