Inspired by the life and death of Werner Teske, the last prisoner executed in the former GDR. This gripping historical drama is directed by Franziska Stünkel stars Lars Eidinger (Never Look Away, Clouds of Sils Maria, Persian Lessons) in the lead role, alongside Devid Striesow (The Counterfeiters) and Luise Heyer (All About Me). Shot at original locations including the former buildings of the State Security Service in Berlin, the film paints an authentic picture of the harsh realities in the GDR system and their destructive impact on the individual.
The film was released in German theaters on August 12, 2021. International theatrical releases followed. Nahschuss (The Last Execution) is represented in competition sections of renowned international film festivals.
Lars Eidinger, Luise Heyer, Devid Striesow, Paula Kalenberg, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Peter Benedict, Moritz Jahn, Peter Lohmeyer, Kai Wiesinger, Andreas Schröders, Florian Anderer, Dirk Böhling, Hedi Kriegeskotte, Christian Redl, Hendrik Heutmann, Inka Löwendorf, Ada Philine Stappenbeck, Leon Hoge, Daniel Drewes, Thomas Schendel, Hannes Hellmann
DIRECTOR & WRITER Franziska Stünkel
DOP Nikolai von Graevenitz
EDITOR Andrea Mertens
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Anke Osterloh
COSTUME DESIGN Ute Paffendorf
PRODUCER Bettina Wente
PRODUCTION COMPANY Network Movie, Franks Filmproduktion, C Films Germany, ZDF, Arte u.a.
NATIONAL PREMIERE: Internationales Filmfest Munich 2021
WORLD PREMIERE: Chicago International Film Festival 2021
Festival of German Films Ludwigshafen, Main Competition 2021
PÖFF Tallinn International Film Festival 2021
EnergaCAMERAIMAGE 2021, Main Competition
Festival of German Films Peking 2021, China
Festival of German Films Moskau 2021, Russia
Festival of German Films Washington DC 2021, USA
Istanbul Crime & Punishment Festival 2021, Turkey
Chennai International Filmfestival 2021, India
Festival of German Films Polen 2022 (Krakau, Wrocław, Warschau, Katowice, Opole, Poznań, Toruń und Kielce)
Pune International Film Festival 2022, India
International Film Festival on Totalitarianisms 2022, Poland
Festival of German Films Kopenhagen 2022, Denmark
Festival of German Films Australia 2022 (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Byron Bay)
TIFF Transylvania Film Festival, Main Competition, 2022, Romania,
Festival of German Films Lebanon 2022
Festival of German Films Prag 2022
Santiago Int. Filmfestival Sanfic 2022, Chile
GERMANY: Aug 12, 2022 (D: Alamode)
SPAIN: Jan 5, 2022 (D: Adso Films)
DENMARK: May 12, 2022 (D: Angel Films)
AUSTRALIA: May 28, 2022 (D: Palace Cinemas, German Films)
BELGIUM: July 20, 2022 (D: Cine Arts)
NETHERLANDS: July 20, 2022 (D: Cine Arts)
LUXEMBOURG: July 20, 2022 (D: Cine Arts)
SWEDEN: Sept 23, 2022 (D: Njuta Films)
GERMANY: BluRay, DVD and Stream (e.g. AppleTV, ITunes, Amazon)
DENMARK: BluRay, DVD and Stream (e.g. Rakuten TV, Blockbuster, Grand Hjemmebio, Anytime)
BELGIUM & NETHERLANDS: BluRay, DVD and Stream (Sooner.lu)
LUXEMBURG: BluRay, DVD and Stream (Sooner.be)
Stünkel has created a film that is moving, suspenseful, and intense. An intelligent screenplay forms the foundation of a masterful piece of cinematic work.
A dark chapter of German history, oppressively and highly excitingly staged as a mixture of political drama and psychological thriller – far away from any didactic cinema.
Dialogues and scenes that hit the heart. THE LAST EXECUTION shows the relentless power mechanics of the dictatorship: played believably, humanely and thrillingly.
3 Sat TV, KinoKino
It is exciting to see how the contradicting figure is both perpetrator and victim and has to pay a high price for his initial naivety.