Brecht - The Women. The Wars. The Price.

Event: ARTE: 22.03.19, 8:15 pm | Das Erste: 27.03.19, 8:15 pm

Bertolt Brecht, a theatre revolutionary, poet of the state, outsider, looks back on his life in 1956, the year of his death, in East Berlin: from provocations in the Augsburg of the First World War, to the early poetic and amorous height flights in Munich and Berlin in the 1920s, his escape from Hitler and US exile, followed by his later years caught in a dilemma between timeless classic and a failing GDR class fighter, an inflexible free man and a compromised Artist.

„I will show the world how it really is,” the pupil Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht told a friend, and he said: “I’ll come right after Goethe.” It was an early mission, and it looked like pure megalomania. The two-parter traces the paths and wrong ways in which the gifted sickly, shy and at the same time cheeky boy finally, despite the most turbulent times, became the most influential playwright of the German language in the world – almost as much hated as admired on his way. Brecht’s love and friendship relationships, the competing ones, the temporary ones, the lifelong ones, are closely linked to this unique career.

Over a period of 40 years, Heinrich Breloer tells the story of the life of the most frequently played German playwright of the 20th century, a life so moved by art, women and contemporary history. By the end of the 1970s, Heinrich Breloer had already approached the figure of Brecht with a television documentary and had many conversations with contemporary witnesses. Numerous interviews with Brecht’s employees and companions from recent years were added to the current film. Together with documentary material from the archives and intensive research, they complete the documentary fiction.

Pictures: Stefan Falke and Nik Konietzny


2020 Nomination Grimme Award in the category fiction "Special" - Heinrich Breloer
2019 Nomination Venice TV Award "Best Documentary"
2019 Nomination "Deutscher Schauspielpreis" - Adele Neuhauser

Cast & Crew

Executive Producers

Corinna Eich, Jan S. Kaiser


Georg Höss, Heinrich Ambrosch, Michal Pokorny, Zbynek Pippal


Katharina Beyrich

Coproduction Companys

Bavaria Filmproduktion Köln, SATEL Film in Koproduktion mit WDR, BR, SWR, NDR, ARTE 

Service production

MIA Film

Funded by

Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Tschechischer Staatsfond für Kinematografie


Das Erste / ARTE

Commissioning Editors

Dr. B. Buhl (WDR), Dr. C. Ackers (BR), S. M. Dujmovic (SWR), C. Granderath (NDR), A. Schreitmüller (ARTE)


Dr. Heinrich Breloer


Dr. Heinrich Breloer

Director of Photography

Gernot Roll


Burghart Klaußner, Tom Schilling, Adele Neuhauser, Lou Strenger, Mala Emde, Karolina Horster, Trine Dyrholm, Franz Hartwig, Ernst Stötzner, Friederike Becht, Leonie Benesch, Maria Dragus, Laura de Boer


Heta Matscheff

Line Producers

Gilbert Möhler, Tahmee Theiler, Mareike Lueg (WDR)

Production Supervisor

Udo Happel

Set Design

Christoph Kanter

Costume Design

Ute Paffendorf


Silka Lisku


Hans-Peter Ströer

Music Mix

Christian Neff

Sound Mix

Miroslav Píbil


Claudia Wolscht


"Brecht" - Highly acclaimed world premiere in the presence of the President of Germany

Mon, 11. Feb 2019
Berlin - Red carpet for Heinrich Breloer and his entire film crew: His new docu-fiction event two-parter "Brecht" celebrated its world premiere on Saturday at the Berlinale in the presence of the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

President of Germany joins World Premiere of „Brecht" at Berlinale

Wed, 6. Feb 2019
Berlin - On Saturday, February 9th, Heinrich Breloer’s docu-fiction event „Brecht“ celebrates its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in attendance of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the President of Germany.

Half-time for the principal photography of the new two-parter

Tue, 4. Jul 2017
Half-time for the principal photography of Heinrich Breloer's new two-parter „Brecht“. Tom Schilling and Burghart Klaußner will join the cast in the role of Bertolt Brecht until the end of July 2017.

WDR und Bavaria Fernsehproduktion planen neuen Breloer-Zweiteiler

Wed, 21. Dec 2016
Der Filmemacher Heinrich Breloer will sich nach dem Nobelpreisträger Thomas Mann nun dem zweiten Jahrhundert-Literaten widmen: Leben und Werk des Dramatikers Bertolt Brecht sind das Thema...