Key Information

Fictional portrayal of life
Year of production
Country of origin
Produced by
Bavaria Fiction in co-production with BR, SWR, WDR, Arte
Rights holder
Bavaria Media International
Web site of program
Television > Fiction > Market Premiere
Television > Fiction > Mini Series
Television > Documentary > Market Premiere
Television > Documentary > History
Television > Documentary > Docudrama
Intended distribution
Made for TV
Intended audiences
General Audience

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Drama based on real events (docudrama)


Bertolt Brecht is one of the most influential German dramatists. His work has been translated into most languages and his plays remain relevant. The new biopic from Breloer brings Brecht’s times and his influences to life, highlighting the mind, the collaboration and the women behind his social criticism.

The mechanisms and personalities that powered German dramatist Bertolt Brecht’s creative production shed light on a particular genius. A genius also unimaginable without external force. While Brecht’s first love may have been just an innocent muse, his second wife, actress Helene Weigel, his secretary and others must be described as collaborators. The cinematic stage is set with chronological pieces of Brecht’s life beginning with World War One and running through the cabaret-like tumult of the Weimar Republic, foreign exile and Nazi Germany, reconstruction and a rare picture of an equally western success story from the other side of occupied Europe as Brecht and his entourage built their iconic Ensemble theater in the East Berlin of the German Democratic Republic. 

Additional Information

Cast & Crew

Heinrich Breloer
Key talent(s)
Burkhard Klaußner, Tom Schilling, Trine Dyrholm
Corinna Eich
Director of Photography
Gernot Roll