13 Minutes

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Germany | 2016 | 108 minutes | Oliver Hirschbiegel

From the director of Downfall comes a breathtaking real-life thriller about resistance fighter Georg Elser, whose 1939 Hitler assassination attempt may have changed history—if not for a discrepancy of a few minutes.

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With 13 Minutes, director Oliver Hirschbiegel and screenwriter Fred Breinersdorfer return to the era that brought them international acclaim, having previously recounted the Holocaust with, respectively, the Oscar®-nominated films Downfall and Sophie Scholl. On November 6, 1939, German musician, carpenter, and pacifist Georg Elser (Christian Friedel, The White Ribbon) painstakingly sets a bomb underneath the lectern at the Bürgerbräukeller, a beer hall in Munich, then flees for Switzerland. Two days later, Adolf Hitler gives a rousing speech there, mere feet away from the explosive device. The bomb detonates 13 minutes after the Führer leaves, leveling the building and killing several innocent people. When Elser finds out his assassination attempt has failed, he is already in custody, having been arrested at the Swiss border with detailed schematics on his person. The Nazis waste no time brutally interrogating the man, intent on revealing a wider conspiracy despite Elser's truthful insistence he acted alone. Cutting between his incarceration at the hands of the Gestapo and flashbacks to his life in the early 1930s, where Elser witnessed his bucolic surroundings being swallowed up by the encroachment of the Third Reich, we witness the machinations that stirred an apolitical man to activism and the agonizing aftermath of a plan gone wrong.

Director Biography
German director Oliver Hirschbiegel is best known for Der Untergang (Downfall, 2004), an account of Adolf Hitler's last days. A critical and commercial success, Downfall was also controversial for humanizing its portrait of Hitler by viewing him through the eyes of his devoted personal secretary. Hirschbiegel returns to an examination of the Nazi past in 13 Minutes.

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  • Original Language Title: Elser
  • Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • Principal Cast: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaussner, Johann von Bülow, Felix Eitner, David Zimmerschied, Rüdiger Klink
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Producer: Boris Ausserer, Oliver Schündler, Fred Breinersdorfer
  • Screenplay: Fred Breinersdorfer, Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer
  • Cinematographers: Judith Kaufmann
  • Editors: Alexander Dittner
  • Music: David Holmes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Diana (2013); Five Minutes of Heaven (2009); The Invasion (2007); Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Jude (2005); Downfall (2004); My Last Film (2002); The Experiment (2001)
  • Language: German
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
  • International Sales: Beta Cinema