Coded Message for the Boss

Original title: (Chiffriert an Chef – Ausfall Nr. 5)
GDR, 1979, 94 min, color
In German; English subtitles

Wolf Brandin, an electrical engineering student in East Berlin, gets recruited by the CIA. He immediately notifies the Stasi. His work as a double agent inevitably strains his personal life. When the CIA sends Brandin on a mission in the GDR, he uses his position to ensure the building of the Wall on August 13, 1961.


This overlooked East German spy film offers an uniquely convincing view of the individual psychology of espionage and a compelling picture of divided Berlin.

Coded Message for the Boss

Screening Rights: 
Educational Streaming

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