Nikolaikirche (Film)

  • Barbara Auer: Astrid Protter
  • Ulrich Matthes: Alexander Bacher
  • Annemone Haase: Marianne Bacher ( Astrid's and Alexander's mother )
  • Günter Naumann: Albert Bacher ( Astrid's and Alexander's father )
  • Daniel Minetti: Harald Protter ( Astrid's husband )
  • Ulrich Mühe: Rev. Ohlbaum
  • Otto Sander: Church Superintendent
  • Then Peter: General of the Ministry of Security
  • Ulrich Tukur: lawyer Schnuck
  • Jutta Wachowiak: Gabriele awareness
  • Claudia Messner: Claudia Engelmann ( Alexander's girlfriend)
  • Rolf Ludwig: Rev. Reichenbork
  • Alfred Müller: Linus Bornowski ( Marianne's old friend )
  • Niels Bruno Schmidt Jörg Franzen
  • Julia Brown: Silke Protter ( Astrid and Harald's daughter)
  • René Steinke: Martin Vockers
  • Hans Jürgen Hürrig: Prof. chicken Feldt (head of the psychiatric clinic )
  • Gerd Blahuschek
  • Hans -Jörn Weber
  • Julia hunter
  • Karl Kranzkowski
  • Heide Kipp
  • Hans -Peter Reinecke

Nikolai Church is the film adaptation of a novel by Erich Loest who also took part in the script. The film, directed by Frank Beyer of 1995 illuminate the last months of the GDR and shows why so many people gathered in Leipzig's Nikolai Church. Nikolai church was built as a two -part television production. There is a shorter theatrical version, which was created by the director himself.


Shown is the fate of a family caught between the Stasi and the peace movement. While the main character, architect Astrid Protter, the hypocrisy of the system recognizes and seeks new ways to her brother Alexander Bacher profiled continue as a Stasi captain, while seeking to protect his family from the pursuit of their own authority. The clashes in the two-part film culminate in the Monday demonstrations of 1989. During the state power is going with extreme brutality against the demonstrators, the crowd responds shortly thereafter with silence and pulls without violence past the barricaded Stasi building.



  • Lexicon of international film: The film focuses on a torn Leipzig official family, the monitoring apparatus of the Stasi and two parishes, retreats in a sea of ​​lethargy and cynicism. He strives for historical truth and consistency in detail, but sometimes gets in the vicinity of popular fiction.