10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Alone in Berlin (2018 Feature Film)

Vincent PEREZ | United Kingdom, France, Germany | 2017 | color | DCP | 105′ | English | d.s.

When their only son dies in France, a working-class couple in World War II-era Berlin decides to retaliate by secretly leafletting handwritten cards in the city to urge people to protest against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. Based on the 1947 novel Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

Berlin, 1940. Working-class couple Otto and Anna Quangel live in a dilapidated apartment block and try, just like everyone around them, not to stand out while the Nazis rule. But when their only child dies at the front, their loss leads them to an exceptional form of resistance. They start by leaving anonymous postcards throughout the city urging people to protest Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. A capital crime.

While at first, the couple’s marriage seems to have dried up, their shared risk and commitment brings them back closer. But soon their silent battle is noticed by the Gestapo director Escherich, with whom a murderous cat and mouse game begins that only strengthens the usefulness of Otto and Anna’s actions and their love for each other. Based on Hans Fallada’s 1947 novel Every Man Dies Alone.

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 15:00

Duration: 1:19

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 22:00

Duration: 1:19

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 15:30

Duration: 1:19

Year in



Vincent PEREZ


Christophe Beaucarne


Emma Thompson
Brendan Gleeson
Daniel Brühl
Mikael Persbrandt
Daniel Sträßer
Katrin Pollitt
Lars Rudolph


United Kingdom


Francois Gédigier






Alexandre Desplat


Stefan Arndt
Uwe Schott
Marco Pacchioni
James Schamus
Christian Grass
Paul Trijbits

Production Company

X Filme
Master Movies

Production Design

Jean-Vincent Puzos


X Filme


Vincent Perez
Achim von Borries
based on Jeder stirbt für sich allein by Hans Fallada

Sound Design

Robert Ireland

Year of Production


Vincent PEREZ

Vincent PEREZ (1964, Switzerland) is an actor, filmmaker and photographer. He rose to fame in 1990 starring opposite Gérard Depardieu in Cyrano de Bergerac. Since then he has played in dozens of films and TV series, including Indochine (1992), Queen Margot (1994) and The Crow: City of Angel (1996). Since the 90s he is also active as a director. His short films L’échange (1992) and Rien à dire (1999) were nominated for a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. Alone in Berlin (2017) is his third feature film.




L’échange (1992, short), Rien à dire (1999, short), Peau d’ange/Once Upon an Angel (2002), The Secret (2007), Alone in Berlin (2017)