Stella: A Life

Directed by Kilian Riedhof
Film Movement
121 Minutes
Drama, Jewish, Biography
Jewish Studies, European Studies, History, Biography
Not Rated
DVD $150.00
Blu-ray $150.00
PPR $350.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00

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Stella, a young German Jew, grows up in Berlin during the rule of the Nazi regime. She dreams of a career as a jazz singer, despite all the repressive measures. After she is forced to go into hiding with her parents in February 1943, her life turns into a culpable tragedy. Through a betrayal, she is caught by the Gestapo, tortured and becomes a “grabber”: to save herself and her parents from deportation to Auschwitz, Stella begins to systematically betray other Jews. From September 1943 until the end of the war, Stella Goldschlag delivered hundreds of fellow Jews to the Gestapo.

The special relevance of Stella Goldschlag's story for today's audience lies in the complexity of the protagonist and the hopelessness of her situation: “‘Stella – A Life’ is a breathtakingly modern story. Her main character could be one of us: she is young, self-confident and in love with herself. This woman is a perpetrator – but also a victim. She forces us into the dilemma of betrayal. "How would we have decided?” says director and writer Kilian Riedhof.


  • Paula Beer
  • Jannis Niewöhner
  • Katja Riemann
  • Lukas Miko
  • Highest Rating
    "Paula Beer turns in another dynamite performance.... Stella. A Life is an effective exploration of the horrors of war and the devastating emotional and physical effects on the victims in their desperate will to survive...."
    Meredith Taylor, Filmuforia
  • Highest Rating
    "Aesthetically accomplished and well-paced, Stella. A Life is a film whose bubbly appearance conceals some very real cruelty, much like its protagonist..."
    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa


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