Das Versprechen

Story: East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, Konrad and Sophie will attempt to meet again, in spite of the Iron Curtain. Konrad, who has become a reputed Astrophysicist, tries to take advantage of scientific congresses outside Eastern Germany to arrange encounters with Sophie. But in a country where the political police, the Stasi, monitors the moves of all suspicious people (such as Konrad's sister Barbara and her husband Harald), preserving one's privacy, ideals and self-respect becomes an exhausting fight, even as the Eastern block begins its long process of disintegration.
Year: 1995
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: Germany, France, Switzerland
Language: German
Production: Bioskop Film, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Writer: Peter Schneider, Felice Laudadio
Cast: Meret Becker, Corinna Harfouch, Anian Zollner, August Zirner, Susanne Ugé, Eva Mattes, Pierre Besson, Hans Kremer, Dieter Mann, Simone von Zglinicki, Ruth Glöss, Christian Herschmann, Joerg Meister, Jean-Yves Gautier, Ulrike Krumbiegel
Release date: 16 February 1995 (Germany)


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