Life on the Other Side of the Wall

Before its well deserved success at the European Film Awards and the Oscars, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) was the final film of the competition program at the 36th Molodist Kiev Film Festival last year. It may well have taken the winning prize were it not for the fact that there was the expected strong competition – with films such as Euphoria (Eyforiya), Fresh Air (Friss levego), and 12:08 East of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost) – but also in that it was the final screening and finished just half an hour before a decision was required. As a result it won neither of the two main prizes but in light of this The Lives of Others deserves special acclaim. Subsequent awards have deservedly brought it to the attention of the world cinema-going public ahead of its release this week in the UK and review in Kamera. See alternate review here

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