23 - Nichts ist wie es scheint ("Nothing is what it seems") (1998)
Hans Christian Schmid directed this fact-based German thriller about computer hackers who find inspiration in The Illuminatus! Trilogy, the popular Robert Shea/Robert Anton Wilson cult novel series about conspiracies, discordianism, drugs, and the mystical meaning of the number 23. Two members of the Shea-Wilson cult are young Karl Koch (August Diehl) and his buddy David (Fabian Busch). They find countless references to the book everywhere they look. Sitting at computer keyboards, they relate the theories to current events, and through their pal Pepe (Dieter Landuris) they sell their research to Russians in East Berlin. However, the Russians want military data. To elude authorities, Karl and David work from hotel rooms, and one day they accidentally access a United States government database. The pressures take a toll on Karl, who suffers a mental collapse.
-Shown at 1998 film fests (Locarno, Munich, Toronto).
August Diehl, Burghart Klaußner, Dieter Landuris, Fabian Busch, Jan-Gregor Kremp, Stephan Kampwirth
If anybody is interested in that Hacker-thing, here an interesting docu about the first Hackers from Germany and beginnings of the home-computer age. It is called "Hackers - portrait of a counterculture"
It can be subbed English via Youtube´s auto-translation.