The Last Execution

Inspired by the true story of the last execution in the history of former East Germany. Berlin, 1981. The ambitious scientist Franz Walter is recruited as an employee of the Stasi State Security Service and sent on foreign assignments to West Germany. He soon becomes embroiled in trouble because of his increasingly critical attitude towards the system and is then accused of espionage.

The ambitious scientist Franz Walter doesn't hesitate when he is promised a professorship at the university. He immediately accepts, pledges absolute loyalty to the system and agrees to work for the GDR's foreign intelligence service until he can take up his new position. Together with his colleague Dirk, he is sent on foreign assignments to West Germany. Franz soon has to use blackmail to get innocent people to talk. But his superiors go even further: GDR refugees and their relatives are targeted to be psychologically destroyed, forged letters, medical diagnoses, surveillance and wiretapping are on the agenda. However, this is more than Franz can bear: he feels powerless and increasingly isolates himself. When he then decides to steal secret documents for a later defection to the West, this results in an unfortunate chain reaction leading to his arrest and ultimately to his execution...

„The Last Execution“ is inspired by the true story of Dr. Werner Teske who was sentenced to death and executed in the GDR in 1981. The gripping historical drama is directed by Franziska Stünkel and stars Lars Eidinger (“Never Look Away”, “Clouds of Sils Maria”) in the lead role, alongside Devid Striesow (“The Counterfeiters”) and Luise Heyer (“All About Me”). Shot at several original locations, such as 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.