BUDDENBROOKS - THE DECLINE OF A FAMILY is the gripping cinematic adaptation of Thomas Mann’s Nobel Prize-Winning novel of 1900. Touching upon the fate of three generations, we witness the rise and fall of a merchant family in Northern Germany. In a society that is poised to change, family values seem doomed to change with it.

Personal longings that were supposed to be sacrificed for the greater good of the family business now threaten to break apart a dynasty that was characterized by diligence and hard work and by faith and respect.

While Thomas (Mark Waschke) is willing to fill the void of their father, Consul Jean (Armin Mueller-Stahl), and to steer the firm through the times of modernization and rising competition, his brother Christian (August Diehl) is trying to break away from any responsibility. We find him in dubious company, marrying a woman from a vaudeville show, rebelling against everything their father stood up for. It is left to their

sister, Tony (Jessica Schwarz), who sacrifices her true love for the sake of the family’s fortune, to hold the family ties together. But when their competitor Hagenström proves to have the better instinct for the changing needs of the market, even her influence seems to vanish…

Bogey Award 2009 (More than 1,000 admissions per screen on the first weekend of release in Germany)

Produced by: Bavaria Film, Bavaria Pictures, Colonia Media Filmproduktion
In co-production with: Pirol Film Production and Colonia Media, WDR, BR, NDR, SWR, ARTE, Degeto and ORF
Producers: Dr. Matthias Esche, Uschi Reich, Jan S. Kaiser, Michael Hild, Winka Wulff
Screenplay: Dr. Heinrich Breloer, Dr. Horst Königstein
Director: Dr. Heinrich Breloer
Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Iris Berben, Jessica Schwarz, August Diehl, Mark Waschke, Léa Bosco, Raban Bieling, Justus von Dohnányi
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