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    Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel
    Germany | 114 minutes | World Cinema Now

Oliver Hirschbiegel, whose memorable Downfall chronicled the final days of Hitler, returns to Nazi Germany for this gripping examination of a forgotten hero: Georg Elser (a superb Christian Friedel) whose homemade bomb went off 13 minutes too late to assassinate the Nazi leader…

film synopsis

Oliver Hirschbiegel, whose memorable Downfall chronicled the final days of Hitler and his entourage in their Berlin bunker, rolls the clock back six years to 1939 for this taut drama featuring a forgotten hero who almost changed the course of history. Georg Elser (a superb Christian Friedel), a left-leaning carpenter appalled by how the Nazi regime was destroying German society, attempted to assassinate Hitler with a homemade bomb that he wired to go off in a beer hall during a speech by the Nazi leader. Unfortunately, Hitler left 13 minutes prior to the bomb's detonation...

Hirschbiegel eschews a mundane chronological approach to his narrative, choosing to start at the end, with the bombing, and then to flesh out Georg's character with flashbacks after he is captured. By doing so, Hirschbiegel reveals the near-hero in all of his humanity.

"A gripping interrogation of a close call for Hitler... The film boasts handsome production values and is as intricately put together as the device Elser so painstakingly assembles." Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

film details

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Producers: Boris Ausserer, Oliver Schündler, Fred Breinersdorfer
Screenwriter: Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer, Fred Breinersdorfer
Cinematographers: Judith Kaufmann
Editor: Alexander Dittner
Music: David Holmes
Cast: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow, Felix Eitner
Original Language Title: Elser
Country: Germany
Language: German
Deaf Friendly: Yes
Year: 2015
Running Time: 114 minutes

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