The Last Execution

Movie for theatrical release

Drama / 2021 / 116min


East Berlin, 1981. The ambitious scientist Franz Walter is recruited by the State Security Service and sent on foreign assignment to West Germany. He soon gets into trouble because of his increasingly critical attitude towards the system and is accused of espionage.

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.


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
COPRODUCTION Franks Filmproduktion, C Films Germany, ZDF, Arte


Main Award, Int. Film Festival NNW, Poland

Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino, Int. Filmfest München ->Info

One Future Preis, Int. Filmfest München -> Info

Prädikat Besonders Wertvoll, Filmbewertungsstelle -> Info

Nominiert, Hugo Award, New Directors Competition, Int. Filmfestival Chicago

Nominiert, Golden Frog, Main Competition, Int. CamerImage Filmfestival

Nominiert, Transilvania Throphy & Publikumspreis, TIFF International Filmfestival

Nominiert, Filmkunstpreis, Festival des Deutschen Films Ludwigshafen

Nominiert, Publikumspreis, Festival des Deutschen Films Ludwigshafen


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
Int. Film Festival NNW 2023, Poland


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)