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There’s something special about this UK trailer for In Order Of Disappearance (original name Kraftidioten) and it’s got all the right Fargo-esque feelings, with even more bloody violence!
Directed by Hans Petter Moland, it stars Stellan Skarsgard, Bruno Ganz (Downfall), Kristoff Hivju (Games of Thrones), Jakib Oftebro (Ton Kiki) and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen (Borgen), this Nordic thriller focuses around the life of introverted and hard-working snow-plough driver Nils (Skarsgard).
Just after he’s been citizen of the year, he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Not believing the post-mortem report, Nils begins to uncover evidence of his murder who’s actually been a victim in a turf war between the local crime boss, known as “The Count,” and his Serbian rivals. Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose of beginner’s luck, Nils embarks upon a quest for revenge that soon escalates »
- Dan Bullock
Hans Funck, the German film editor of such features as the Oscar-nominated Downfall and Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, died suddenly on Wednesday night in Munich. He was 61. One of Germany's most acclaimed editors, Funck was perhaps most closely associated with Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel. Photos Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 In addition to Downfall and sleeper hit The Experiment, Funck was the editor on all of Hirschbiegel's English-language productions, including The Invasion, starring Nicole Kidman, Five Minutes of Heaven with Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt and, most recently, the Lady Di biopic Diana with Naomi Watts.
- Scott Roxborough
Chances are that you’ve heard of German director Oliver Hirschbiegel from one of two places: either from his remarkable (and horribly depressing) story of Hitler’s last days in the film Downfall, or his ill-conceived and lambasted biopic Diana. Departing once more from his foray into the British Royal Family, Hirschbiegel has now set his sights on returning to World War II, as he plans to direct the film Georg Elser, a true story about Adolf Hitler’s would-be assassin.
Georg Elser’s story is not a happy one. He was a resistance fighter who planned to kill Hitler on November 8, 1939, during a speech the Nazi leader was giving for the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. Elser misjudged his timing, however, and the bomb placed in the lectern ended up going off a full thirteen minutes after Hitler had left, instead killing eight other people. Elser was captured, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The Downfall director will tell the little-known story of the German carpenter.
Elser organised a complex attempt to assassinate Hitler in 1939.
He was held in a concentration camp and executed weeks before the end of the war in Europe.
Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon) will play Elser, with Katharina Schüttler (Generation War) as his girlfriend Elsa and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) as Arthur Nebe, the head of the Criminal Police of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt.
Hirschbiegel's 2004 Downfall - which told the story of the last days of Hitler's life - was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
The director's most recent feature was the poorly received biopic Diana.
Georg Elser began shooting in Munich this week. »
It has been a decade since filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel arrived with "Downfall," with the film meme-generating, critically acclaimed film, instantly putting him on the map. But he's struggled to maintain that success. "The Invasion" saw the director and studio at odds, "Five Minutes In Heaven" was an intimate thriller that didn't catch on, while last year's "Diana" was simply a disaster. So he's returning to WWII for another tale about Hitler. Hirschbiegel is now in production on "George Elser," following the man "from his early years in the Swabian Alps—when National Socialism arrived in his hometown—to his last days at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war at the command of the one whom he himself wanted to kill, Hitler." And if there's one reason to be excited for this, it's that Christian Friedel, the lead in Michael Haneke's excellent "The White Ribbon, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A decade after "Downfall" explored the last days of Adolf Hitler, director Oliver Hirschbiegel is set to helm Lucky Bird Pictures' "Georg Elser," a biopic of the resistance fighter who attempted to assassinate Hitler in a Munich beer hall in 1939.
The story follows Elser from his early years in the Swabian Alps to his last days at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war. Elser nearly changed world history with his attempt, but Hitler left the venue earlier than expected.
Christian Friedel ("The White Ribbon") will play Elser, Katharina Schuttler ("Generation War") will portray his girlfriend Elsa and Burghart Klaussner ("The White Ribbon") will play Arthur Nebe, the head of the Criminal Police of the Reich Defense Office.
Shooting began yesterday and will continue through until early September. Locations include Berlin, the province of South Tyrol in North Italy, and the south »
- Garth Franklin
Shooting on Georg Elser, a portrait of the resistance fighter who tried to assassinate Hitler in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller in November 1939, started yesterday (July 2) in Wackershofen, Southern Germany.
It marks a return to Hirschbiegel’s home turf after making biopic Diana, about the last two years in the life of Princess Diana, which was poorly received by critics.
Hirschbiegel replaces Torsten C. Fischer, who had previously been attached to direct.
In the upcoming film, Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon) will play Elser, Katharina Schüttler (Generation War) will portray his girlfriend Elsa and and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) will play head of the Criminal Police of the “Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Reich Defense Office) Arthur Nebe.
The crew includes »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Oliver Hirschbiegel, the man that brought us the Oscar-nominated Downfall back in 2004, is prepared to revisit Nazi Germany for another epic tale. This time he'll tell the story of Georg Elser, a resistance fighter that made an attempt to kill Adolf Hitler.
The film will follow Elser from his early years in the Swabian Alps - when National Socialism arrived in his hometown - to his last days at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war at the command of the one whom he himself wanted to kill, Hitler.
[Description Courtesy of Screen Daily]
Filming has all ready begun for Georg Elser, which will see Hirschbiegel back in the genre where he found great success. Downfall earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. His last film, Diana, didn't fare so well. Hopefully this will be a return to form for the director.
Source: Screen Daily
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Repped in international markets by Munich-based Beta Cinema, the historical drama toplines “The White Ribbon” stars Christian Friedel and Burghart Klaußner, as well as Katharina Schüttler (“Generation War”).
Written by Fred Breinersdorfer (“Sophie Scholl”), the drama portrays Georg Elser, a German carpenter who had assembled a bomb and plotted an attack on Hitler in November 1939, shortly after the start of WWII. The failed assassination attempt led Elser to be imprisoned at the Dachau concentration camp where he was killed 70 years ago, just a few days before the end of the war.
- Elsa Keslassy
Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is returning to familiar territory with Nazi-era drama Georg Elser. Billed as an emotional portrait of the resistance fighter who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller on November 8, 1939, the film kicked off shooting yesterday in Wackershofen/Southern Germany. Not to be confused with the July 20, 1944, assassination plot against Hitler that was the subject of Bryan Singer’s 2008 film Valkyrie, Elser’s attempt came five years earlier during what was expected to be a lengthy speech given by the Nazi leader for the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. A bomb […] »
Berlin – Oliver Hirschbiegel, director of the Oscar-nominated Hitler drama Downfall, has signed on to direct an upcoming biopic on lesser-known Nazi resistance fighter Georg Elser. Elser, a simple carpenter, nearly changed the course of history when he attempted to assassinate Hitler on November 8, 1939. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Elser’s homemade bomb, planted at Munich’s Burgerbraukeller ahead of an anniversary speech by the Nazi leader would have killed Hitler, but he left the room early. Thirteen minutes later, the bomb exploded, killing eight people. Elsner was arrested on the Swiss border and sent to a concentration
- Scott Roxborough
I promise – it wasn’t my plan to have seven of the ten films on this portion of the list focus on World War II. But, if we look back at the biggest international conflicts of all time, World War II is the one that provides the most opportunity. It’s a chance for a number of different countries to look at the same war from different perspectives. In this portion alone, there’s a French film, a German film, a Hungarian film, a couple British/American films, and a few American films – all about varied aspects of World War II.
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40. The Killing Fields (1984)
Directed by: Roland Joffé
Conflict: Cambodian Civil War
For all the films made about World War II and larger scale conflicts, the few that depict smaller, more concentrated ones are sometimes more effective. Roland Joffé’s 1984 drama The Killing Fields hones in on Cambodia, »
- Joshua Gaul
When we first met Abraham Woodhull, the saddest cabbage farmer in all of 1776 Long Island, earlier this year, he was suffering through the psychological discomfort of sitting on the political fence while his childhood friends took up arms for the patriot cause against the garrison of British soldiers in his hometown of Setauket. Ben Talmadge was a Connecticut Dragoon officer. Caleb Brewster had gone underground to disrupt British operations. And Anna Strong, the woman Abe gave up to marry his dead brother’s fiancée, was likely spitting in the redcoats’ whiskey as she served them at her husband’s pub. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Itself loosely based on a true story, the 19th century novella by Heinrich von Kleist, “Michael Kohlhaas," has been adapted several times for screen, notably by Volker Schlöndorff in 1969, even spawning “The Jack Bull," a pretty good HBO restaging starring Johns Cusack and Goodman, in 1999. But with Schlöndorff himself telling us in an interview that he considered his version his "biggest failure” it would have seemed that there was still room for the definitive, high-profile, straight-up adaptation. And on paper, that’s what Arnaud de Pallières’ “Michael Kohlhaas” was meant to be -- just check out its impeccable line-up of European stars-with-major-arthouse-appeal: Mads Mikkelsen (last year’s Cannes Best Actor for “The Hunt”), Bruno Ganz (whose sclerotic Hitler in “Downfall” spawned its own remarkably resilient meme) and Denis Lavant (coming off his chameleonic performance in the critically worshipped “Holy Motors”). But stacked with a »
- Jessica Kiang
Helena Bonham Carter will star in World War I drama “The Guns of August,” portraying her real-life step-great grandmother Margot Asquith.
“The Guns of August,” based on the Barbara W. Tuchman book, traces the misunderstandings, missed opportunities and aristocratic follies of the summer of 1914, which led to the outbreak of the First World War.
Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) will star as British Prime Minister Henry Herbert Asquith and Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones,” “Terminator: Genesis”) will play Violet Asquith. “Downfall” director Oliver Hirschbiegel is attached to direct from a script by writer-producer Frank Doelger, joint managing director of Rainmark Films.
- Dave McNary
Oliver Hirschbiegel scored with his World War II final days of Hitler film Downfall, and now he’s eyeing World War I. Arclight Films a deal to rep two Rainmark Films. One is Hirschbiegel’s Wwi drama The Guns Of August, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Charles Dance and Game Of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, the other is the comedy drama Woolly Faces, written and directed by Pearse Elliott. Both are being presented to buyers for the first time here in Cannes. Bonham Carter will play her real life step-great grandmother Margot Asquith in an adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning book by historian Barbara W. Tuchman. Scripted by writer-producer Frank Doelger, it is the story of a family dispute with global consequences. It traces the tragic misunderstandings, missed opportunities and aristocratic follies of the summer of 1914, which led to the outbreak of the First World War. It shoots next year. Woolly Faces is »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Video-game adaptations are a dime a dozen, but it’s rare that any of them are worth even a cursory glance. The Resident Evil franchise, BloodRayne and Silent Hill are just a few of many that have fallen completely flat in their attempts to replicate the thrills of their source material on the big screen. However, based on casting alone, 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Hitman remake Agent 47 may actually be worth checking out.
With Homeland actor Rupert Friend stepping into the title role (replacing the late Paul Walker), and Zachary Quinto set to play the main villain, Agent 47 already has more going for it than most video-game adaptations. Now, it looks like the film will boast more than one baddie, with news that Thomas Kretschmann has signed on to play Le Clerq, the chairman of an nefarious organization called Syndicate International, which schemes to build its own army of assassins. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Scandi sales outfit TrustNordisk has closed further deals on Hans Petter Moland’s “In Order of Disappearance” following its Feb.10 unspooling in competition at the Berlinale.
New deals were closed for Italy (Teodora Film), Switzerland (Xenix Filmdistribution GmbH), Hong Kong (First distributors Ltd.) , Iran (Irib Media Trade) and Taiwan (Filmware International Co. Ltd.).
Pic, which is now set to travel to over 40 territories, is an action-comedy turning on Nils (Stellan Skarsgard) who drives a snow blower and has a carefree life in snow covered Norway, until his son’s death suddenly puts him in the middle of a drug war between the Norwegian mafia and Serbian criminals.
Skarsgard stars opposite Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”), Pal Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki), Birgitte Hjort Sorensen (“Borgen”), Kristoffer Hivju (“Game of Thrones”) and one of this year’s Berlin Shooting Stars Jakob Oftebro (“Kon-Tiki”).
Moland competed in Berlin in 2004 with “The Beautiful Country” and in 2010 with “A Somewhat Gentleman. »
- Elsa Keslassy
• More on Philip Seymour Hoffman
Director: Bennett Miller
Entertainment grade: A–
History grade: C–
Truman Capote's In Cold Blood was a "non-fiction novel" about the murders of a farming family in Kansas in 1959. Bennett Miller's film Capote tells the story of the book's genesis. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman won his only Academy Award for Best Actor for his astonishing performance in the title role.
Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his friend Harper Lee (Catherine Keener) travel from the literary salons of New York City to the wilds of Kansas to investigate the murders. According to Capote's biographer and friend Gerald Clarke, on whose book this film is based, Hoffman was more like Capote on screen than Capote himself. »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Berlin– A raft of buyers have checked into Hans Petter Moland’s Berlin competition contender “In Order Of Disappearance.”
Sold by TrustNordisk, “Disappearance” has been acquired for France and Andorra (Chrysalis Films), Benelux (Wildbunch), Turkey and Cyprus (Umut Sanat Filmcilik), Hungary (Vertigo), Poland (M2 Films), Romania (Independenta Film ´97), Estonia (Estin Film).
Previously announced deals include Germany and Austria (Neue Visionen), UK (Metrodome), Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia (Continental Film), Czech and Slovakia (Film Europe) and South Korea (Atnine).
“The high demand for Hans Petter Moland’s “In Order of Disappearance” underlines his position as a star director. This film proves again that Moland is a masterful filmmaker who excels in creating quirky and dark Nordic comedies with great sales potential both locally and internationally,” says TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis.
Pic is an action-comedy turning on Nils (Stellan Skarsgard) who drives a snow blower and has a carefree life in snow covered Norway, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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