The Last Execution

The Last Execution

Original Name: Nahschuss
English Name: The Last Execution
Year: 2021
Run Time: 116 Min
Language: German
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Germany
Director: Franziska Stünkel
Producer: Wolfgang Cimera, Bettina Wente
Cast: Lars Eidinger, Luise Heyer, Devid Striesow, Moritz Jahn
Screenplay: Franziska Stünkel
Cinematographer: Nikolai von Graevenitz
Editor: Andrea Mertens
Sound Designer: Stefan Kolleck, Jan Petzold
Music Composer: Karim Sebastian Elias
Costume Designer: Ute Paffendorf
Production Designer: Anke Osterloh
Production Company: Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH


  • Chicago IFF 2021
  • Festival of German Films Ludwigshafen 2021
  • Munich IFF 2021
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF 2021
  • Camerimage 2021

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2012 Der Tag der Norddeutschen (TV Doc)
  • 2006 Vineta
  • 2002 It's a Small World and Things Like This (Short)
  • 2001 Make a Wish (Short)
  • 2000 Bonbon (Short)

Director’s Biography:

Franziska Stünkel studied screenwriting and film direction at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Kassel, followed by film studies in Hildesheim in 1996. In 1999 she went to the FH Hannover, where she studied film in the faculty of fine arts. Stünkel made her feature film debut with Vineta (2006), a film adaptation of Moritz Rinke's play Republik Vineta. At the Hamburg FF, it was awarded the Otto Sprenger Prize for Best Debut Film. At the Houston IFF it won the Remi Silver Award; Stünkel also received a nomination for the German Film Award in the Screenplay category. Stünkel's latest film, The Last Execution, premiered at the Munich FF 2021, where Stünkel won the Award for Best Screenplay.


East Berlin, 1981. Tempted by the offer of a prestigious professorship, ambitious scientist Franz Walter is convinced to go to work for the GDR’s Stasi. Blackmail, coercion, surveillance, wiretapping – they all become part of his daily routine. As the consequences of these duties bear down on him, Franz realizes he can’t, in good conscience, continue. But can one man stand up to a totalitarian system? Inspired by the true story of Werner Teske, this historical drama comes alive as a white-knuckle political and psychological thriller and a searing indictment of an immoral authoritarian state.

Based on the true story of the last execution in the former GDR.