GER22 The Last Execution

GER22 The Last Execution

GER22 The Last Execution


East Berlin, 1981. Tempted by the offer of a prestigious professorship, ambitious scientist Franz Walter (Lars Eidinger, 25km/h GFF19, Babylon Berlin) is recruited by the GDR's foreign intelligence service and sent on foreign assignments to West Germany with his colleague Dirk (Devid Striesow).

At first, Franz's missions only seem to serve East Germany's information needs, but these soon become bigger and more monstrous. Blackmail, coercion, surveillance, wiretapping all become part of his daily routine. But Franz can no longer reconcile his actions with his conscience and he decides to get out, but the secret service will not let him go.

A gripping historical drama inspired by the life and death of Werner Teske, the last prisoner executed in the former GDR, director-screenwriter Franziska Stünkel delivers a haunting and intense film about moral dilemmas. Shot largely at original locations in Berlin, The  Last Execution paints an authentic picture of the harsh realities in the GDR system and their destructive impact on the individual.


"A dark chapter of German history, oppressively and highly excitingly staged as a mixture of political drama and psychological thriller." - Filmstarts


WINNER - Young German Cinema Award for Best Screenplay, Munich Film Festival 2021

NOMINEE - New Directors Competition, Chicago International Film Festival 2021

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2021

German with English subtitles

Australian  premiere

Release Date: Jun 2, 2022
Rating: E18+
Runtime: 116 mins

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