13 Minutes

13 Minutes

13 Minuten © Lucky Bird Pictures/ BERND SCHULLER
13 Minuten © Lucky Bird Pictures/ BERND SCHULLER
Wednesday, 28 September, at 08:00 p.m.
Germany 2015, 113 min. – Eng. ST
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Screenplay: Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer, Fred Breinersdorfer
Director of photography: Judith Kaufmann
Editing: Alexander Dittner
Music: David Holmes
Cast: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow, Felix Eitner, David Zimmerschied, Rüdiger Klink, Simon Licht, Cornelia Köndgen, Martin Maria Abram
Genre: Drama / War / Biography

Bavarian Film Awards 2015: Won Bavarian Film Award Best Production (Produzentenpreis), Boris Ausserer, Oliver Schündler
German Film Awards 2015: Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Christian Friedel; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Burghart Klaußner; Best Editing, Alexander Dittner; Best Cinematography, Judith Kaufmann

Munich, November 8, 1939. Adolf Hitler is making a jubilee speech at the Bürgerbräukeller. Meanwhile, a man is arrested at the boarder to Switzerland because of suspicious objects in his luggage. Only minutes later, a bomb goes off right behind the speaker's desk in the Bürgerbräukeller – but Hitler has already left the place. The arrested man turns out to be German carpenter Georg Elser, who soon is suspected to be responsible for the assassination attempt. For days, he's interrogated and tortured by Nazi head of police Arthur Nebe and head of Gestapo Heinrich Müller. Elser eventually confesses, yet he also sticks to his convictions and insists that he acted all alone in order to protect, friends, family and his lover Elsa. Elser is deported the Sachsenhausen, and later the Dachau concentration camp. In April 1945, only days before the end of the war, he is murdered on Hitler's order by the SS.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Before turning to film making, Oliver Hirschbiegel who was born in 1957 in Hamburg followed his nordish natur – and started to work in galleys, sailing the world’s seas. When his feat touched land again he began to study film at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. He worked on TV-productions and directed the “Tatort”. His first movie “The Experiment” with Moritz Bleibtreu as leading actor turned out to be a huge success. Three years later he directed Bernd Eichinger’s production “Downfall“. A film about the last days of Adolf Hitler, it gained worldwide fame and Hirschbiegel’s directing was internationally acclaimed. In “13 Minutes” Hirschbiegel again tackles the German national socialist past.

Source: www.filmportal.de