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Good Bye, Lenin!

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Original title
Good Bye, Lenin!
Running time
118 min.
Germany Germany
Wolfgang Becker, Bernd Lichtenberg
Yann Tiersen
Martin Kukula
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X Filme Creative Pool / ARTE / WDR
Drama. Comedy | Comedy-Drama. 1980s. 1990s
Synopsis / Plot
October 1989 was a bad time to fall into a coma if you lived in East Germany -- and this is precisely what happens to Alex's proudly socialist mother. Alex has a big problem on his hands when she suddenly awakens eight months later. Her heart is so weak that any shock might kill her. And what could be more shocking than the fall of the Berlin Wall and the triumph of capitalism in her beloved East Germany? To save his mother, Alex transforms the family apartment into an island of the past, a kind of socialist-era museum where his mother is lovingly duped into believing that nothing has changed. What begins as a little white lie turns into a major scam as Alex's sister and selected neighbors are recruited to maintain the elaborate ruse -- and keep her believing that Lenin really did win after all!
2003: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection, Blue Angel Award
2003: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language
2003: European Film Awards: 6 Awards including Best Film. 8 Nominations
2002: 7 German Film Awards: including Best Film and Director
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