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The experiment (Das experiment) - Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski, Oliver Hirschbiegel

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We would like to invite you to participate in The Experiment.

As part of a psychological research project, you and nineteen other recruits will be divided up into prisoners and guards. In a controlled penitentiary-like environment, "Prisoners" are incarcerated and ordered to obey the rules, "Guards" are instructed to keep order. You will be thrown head-first into a two-week long examination of the effects of assigned roles, power and control, and you won't be the same when it's over. But it's just a simulation. Or is it? Moritz Bleibtreu is Tarek (aka Prisoner 77), an ex-journalist intrigued by the idea of going undercover for this experiment, positive the ensuing interactions will provide his editor with a fascinating story. At first, the prisoners treat their roles with detached humor and playfulness, and the guards treat theirs with nervous unease. But within hours, small conflicts and petty disputes force all twenty men deeper into their assigned roles. As these trivial skirmishes quickly escalate, the guards must explore any possible means to keep the prisoners in line.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Germany drama thriller true prison guard

Persons of interest

  • Moritz Bleibtreu .... Tarek Fahd, Prisoner 77
  • Christian Berkel .... Steinhoff, Prisoner 38
  • Oliver Stokowski .... Schütte, Prisoner 82
  • Wotan Wilke Möhring .... Joe, Prisoner 69
  • Stephan Szasz .... Prisoner 53
  • Polat Dal .... Prisoner 40
  • Danny Richter .... Prisoner 21
  • Ralf Müller .... Prisoner 15
  • Markus Rudolf .... Prisoner 74
  • Peter Fieseler .... Prisoner 11
  • Thorsten Dersch .... Prisoner 86
  • Sven Grefer .... Prisoner 94
  • Justus von Dohnanyi .... Berus
  • Nicki von Tempelhoff .... Kamps
  • Timo Dierkes .... Eckert
  • Antoine Monot Junior .... Bosch
  • Lars Gärtner .... Renzel
  • Jacek Klimontko .... Gläser
  • Markus Klauk .... Stock
  • Ralph Püttmann .... Amandy
  • Edgar Selge .... Professor Dr Klaus Thon
  • Andrea Sawatzki .... Dr Jutta Grimm
  • Philipp Hochmair .... Lars
  • Mario Giordano .... Author: The experiment: Black box
  • Mario Giordano .... Screenwriter
  • Don Bohlinger .... Screenwriter
  • Christoph Darnstädt .... Screenwriter
  • Friedrich Wildfeuer .... Screenwriter
  • Oliver Hirschbiegel .... Screenwriter
  • Oliver Hirschbiegel .... Director

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  • Awards and film festivals:
    • American Film Institute (AFI) 2001: Nominated: Grand Jury Prize (Oliver Hirschbiegel)
    • Bavarian Film Awards 2001: Won: Best Cinematography (Rainer Klausmann), Best Direction (Oliver Hirschbiegel), Best Screenplay (Mario Giordano, Christoph Darnstädt, Don Bohlinger)
    • Bergen International Film Festival 2001: Won: Audience Award (Oliver Hirschbiegel)
    • Bogey Awards, Germany 2001: Won: Bogey Award
    • European Film Awards 2001: Nominated: Best Film (Marc Conrad, Norbert Preuss, Friedrich Wildfeuer)
    • Fantasporto 2002: Won: International Fantasy Film Award Best Screenplay (Mario Giordano, Christoph Darnstädt, Don Bohlinger); Nominated: International Fantasy Film Award Best Film (Oliver Hirschbiegel)
    • Film+ 2001: Nominated: Editing Award (Hans Funck)
    • German Camera Award 2001: Nominated: Feature Film (Rainer Klausmann), Outstanding Editing Feature Film (Hans Funck)
    • German Film Awards 2001: Won: Audience Award German Film of the Year, Film Award in Gold - Outstanding Individual Achievement: Actor (Moritz Bleibtreu), Outstanding Individual Achievement: Production Design (Uli Hanisch, Andrea Kessler), Outstanding Individual Achievement: Supporting Actor (Justus von Dohnanyi); Nominated: Film Award in Gold - Outstanding Feature Film
    • Golden Trailer Awards 2003: Nominated: Best Foreign Film
    • Istanbul International Film Festival 2002: Won: People's Choice Award International Competition (Oliver Hirschbiegel)
    • Montréal World Film Festival 2001: Won: Best Director (Oliver Hirschbiegel); Nominated: Grand Prix des Amériques (Oliver Hirschbiegel)
    • Paris Film Festival 2003: Nominated: Grand Prix (Oliver Hirschbiegel)
    • Political Film Society, USA 2003: Nominated: Democracy, Human Rights, Peace
    • Seattle International Film Festival 2002: Won: Golden Space Needle Award Best Actor (Moritz Bleibtreu )
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Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English, German
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Documentaries: Behind the scenes
    • Interviews:
      • Moritz Bleibtreu (Tarek)
      • Maren Eggert (Dora)
      • Justus Von Dohnanyi (Berus)
      • Christian Berkel (Steinhoff)
      • Oliver Stokowski (Schütte)
      • Oliver Hirschbiegel (Director)
    • Trailers:
      • Australian
      • German
      • Madman Propaganda
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Adult themes, high level violence)

Surveillance time

114 minutes (1:54 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 14 January 2005
VHS rental: 14 January 2005

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