The Lives of Others opens in East Berlin in 1984. Captain Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), a Stasi agent, is ordered by the Minister of Culture to investigate celebrated playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), and his girlfriend Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck), an actress with whom the Minister is infatuated.
As Wiesler’s surveillance begins to uncover the couple’s secrets, he finds himself being emotionally drawn into their lives, changing him forever.
The Lives of Others is at once a political thriller and a human drama. The feature film debut of director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, The Lives of Others won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes.