Der Vorleser

USA Deutschland 2008 Spielfilm


The Reader

The Federal Republic of Germany in the 1950s. The entire country is overshadowed by the Second World War and German atrocities, yet hardly anyone is prepared to talk about it. Michael, 15, is growing up in the sticks. On his way home from school one day he suddenly feels ill. A woman comes to his aid. Michael has scarlet fever. At their next meeting, Michael and the significantly older woman cannot deny their mutual attraction and, before long, they are embroiled in a passionate affair. Hanna surprises Michael with her deep-seated enthusiasm for books. She loves to listen to him read to her for hours on end. All the while, Michael fails to notice that Hanna is illiterate. But then, one day, Hanna disappears without trace.

Several years later, Michael is studying law in Berlin. He is observing the trial of five former concentration camp guards when he suddenly discovers Hanna among the accused women. The defendants are on trial for the murder of 300 people. The people in the courtroom all regard Hanna Schmitz as a monster. Michael, however, is torn between his disgust at Hanna′s actions and the love he once felt for her – and evidently still feels. But then the trial takes a surprising turn that completely throws Michael off course. While all the other defendants deny the accusations, Hanna provides an honest record of the horrendous events …

A moving, touching drama based on Bernhard Schlink′s international bestselling novel that has been translated into 40 languages since its publication in 1995.

Source: 59. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)



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    • 02.03.2008 - Juli 2008: Berlin, Köln, Görlitz, Lublin; Studio Babelsberg Potsdam-Babelsberg, MMC Studios Hürth


  • Originaltitel (DE) Der Vorleser
  • Weiterer Titel (US) The Reader



Jupiter Award 2010
  • Jupiter, Bester Darsteller
Europäischer Filmpreis 2009
  • Beste Schauspielerin
Academy Awards 2009
  • Oscar, Kategorie "Beste Darstellerin"
  • Nominierung in der Kategorie "Beste Kamera"
  • Nominierung in der Kategorie "Beste Regie"
  • Nominierung in der Kategorie "Bestes adaptiertes Drehbuch"
  • Nominierung in der Kategorie "Beste Darstellerin"
  • Nominierung in der Kategorie "Bester Film"
Golden Globe 2009
  • Beste Nebendarstellerin