The Lives of Others (2006). In 1984, in East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. This thriller won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (2006). Dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | M | 2 hr 17 min | In German, with English subtitles. In association with Eavesdropping.