If Not Us, Who?

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In the early 60s, Bernward Vesper and fellow university student Gudrun Ensslin begin a passionate love in the stifling atmosphere of provincial West Germany. Dedicated to the power of the written word, Bernward and Gudrun found a publishing house whose... read more

In the early 60s, Bernward Vesper and fellow university student Gudrun Ensslin begin a passionate love in the stifling atmosphere of provincial West Germany. Dedicated to the power of the written word, Bernward and Gudrun found a publishing house whose first publication is, paradoxically to many, a controversial past work of Bernward's ostracized father, an infamous Nazi author. Bernward defends his father's writing ability, even if he is haunted by his father's suspicious past. Gudrun, too, vehemently questions her own father's role during Hitler's Third Reich. Sensitive to the increasing restlessness of the times, the fiery couple lash out at the conformism and denial around them. After their tumultuous relationship nearly ends due to Bernward's infidelities, they start anew with a move to West Berlin in 1964. Joining forces with leftist writers and political activists, they become part of the spreading global uprising: "If not us, who; If not now, when?" But discontentment with the world takes its toll on their tumultuous relationship. By the late 60s, Gudrun has joined rebellious Andreas Baader's pro-violence cause and Bernward risks his sanity by using psychedelic drugs in his struggles to finally write the novel committed to changing the world... Based on the emotional true story of an explosive era.

Original Release

03/10/2011

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Cast

August Diehl Bernward Vesper
Alexander Fehling Andreas Baader
Lena Lauzemis Gudrun Ensslin
Thomas Thieme Willi Vesper - Vater / Will Vesper
Imogen Kogge Rose Vesper - Mutter / Rose Vesper
Michael Wittenborn Helmut Ensslin - Vater / Helmut Ensslin
Susanne Lothar Ilse Ensslin - Mutter / Ilse Ensslin
Sebastian Blomberg Klaus Roehler
Rainer Bock Verteidiger
Susanne-Marie Wrage Gefängnisleiterin / Anstaltsleiterin
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Andres Veiel

Writers

Andres Veiel, Gerd Koenen

Cast

August Diehl Bernward Vesper
Alexander Fehling Andreas Baader
Lena Lauzemis Gudrun Ensslin
Thomas Thieme Willi Vesper - Vater / Will Vesper
Imogen Kogge Rose Vesper - Mutter / Rose Vesper
Michael Wittenborn Helmut Ensslin - Vater / Helmut Ensslin
Susanne Lothar Ilse Ensslin - Mutter / Ilse Ensslin
Sebastian Blomberg Klaus Roehler
Rainer Bock Verteidiger
Susanne-Marie Wrage Gefängnisleiterin / Anstaltsleiterin
Benjamin Sadler Walter Jens
Stephanie Stremler Ulrike
Peter Benedict Verleger
Andreas Dohler junger Verleger
Bettina Redlich Vermieterin
Hanno Koffler Uli Ensslin
Carmen-Maja Antoni Gemeindeschwester
Heike Hanold-Lynch Mentorin von Gudrun Ensslin
Hark Bohm Kritiker
Claudia Geisler-Bading Sekretärin

Producers

Editors

Hansjörg Weißbrich

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