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'Downfall' director plans First World War drama

2 July 2015 6:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

After making two high profile movies set during the Hitler years, Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is hatching plans for a new film that will unfold during the First World War.

The German filmmaker’s latest feature 13 Minutes dramatises the real-life story of small town carpenter Georg Elser who, in 1939, came close to assassinating Adolf Hitler with a homemade bomb.

The Oscar-nominated Downfall was set at the end of the Second World War, with the Nazi regime in its dying throes. Now, Hirschbiegel wants to turn his attention toward the ‘Great War’ of 1914-18.

“It is very much in the wake of Jean Renoir and of (Stanley) Kubrick,” the German director told ScreenDaily of the project, which is at a very early stage.

Two of its points of reference are Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (1937), the First World War classic about three French prisoners in German captivity, and Kubrick’s anti-war movie, Paths Of Glory (1957).

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- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Must Watch: First Trailer for '13 Minutes' from Oliver Hirschbiegel

15 June 2015 4:20 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"We determine the truth." I really, really dug this film - my review from the Berlin Film Festival premiere. StudioCanal UK has debuted a trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's 13 Minutes, a fantastic film about the man who almost killed Hitler. In 1939, a lively carpenter from Germany named Georg Elser built a bomb from materials he could find and planted it at a venue Hitler was about to speak at. The event ended early, and Hitler left the building 13 minutes before the bomb went off, escaping narrowly. The film profiles Elser, played by Christian Friedel, and his time before the war, exploring his motives and desires for this plot. It's a nice trailer for a great film, and I hope it gets a Us release date soon. Because I want to see it again. Here's the first UK trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's 13 Minutes, found on YouTube (via The Film Stage »

- Alex Billington

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13 Minutes Trailer Arrives Online

15 June 2015 11:36 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Having won major attention – including an Oscar nomination – with his 2004 look at the latter days of Adolf Hitler in the meme-spawning Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel tried his hand at Hollywood with the unsuccessful likes of The Invasion and Diana. Now he’s back in a Hitler-adjacent story for World War II drama 13 Minutes, which has a trailer online. The film explores the compelling true-life story of Georg Elser (played here by Christian Friedel), a German carpenter who had spent most of his life largely eschewing politics. But, sickened by what he had seen of the Nazi regime and its treatment of his fellow countrymen and others, he swore to assassinate Hitler, carefully working on a bomb plot for a Nazi convention in Munich in 1939. We obviously – historical spoiler alert! – know that his attempt failed, but the drama’s real interest is in looking at why a man who had shown so »

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Watch: First Trailer For 'Downfall' Director Oliver Hirschbiegel's Hitler Assassination Thriller '13 Minutes'

15 June 2015 7:13 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Downfall" director Oliver Hirschbiegel returns to the setting of his greatest career achievement with the WWII set "13 Minutes." And once again, this is another story that revolves around Hitler, but this time, instead of focusing on the man, the tale revolves around someone else who nearly changed the course of history. Read More: Berlin Review: Oliver Hirschbiegel's '13 Minutes' Explores The Man Who Almost Killed Hitler  "13 Minutes" tells the true story of George Elser, played by "The White Ribbon" star Christian Friedel, a mild-mannered carpenter who carried out a bomb plot against Hitler at a Nazi convention in Munich 1939. It's a portrait of a man who was seemingly non-political and explores what drove him to take such drastic action. Premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, our critic had mixed feelings, but wrote in her review that as a "high-quality recreation of one of »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Suffragette', 'Legend', 'Masterminds' and More in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

9 June 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Today's ratings bulletin is a mixed bag beginning with an R-rating for Oliver Hirschbiegel's new movie 13 Minutes, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year and will be released by Sony Classics later this year. The pic, also known as Elser, seems to be getting much higher marks than the Downfall director's Hollywood outing, Invasion, way back in 2007 and the all-but-ignored Diana a couple years ago. Next is Legend which gets an R-rating as we would expect as Tom Hardy takes on the dual role of playing London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray. Two PG-13 ratings of note, one for Masterminds and the other for Suffragette. The first is a comedy, the other is an awards season contender. I've listed the two ensemble casts below... I'm pretty sure you'll be able to match them up appropriately: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, »

- Brad Brevet

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Karen Gillan on Edinburgh Film Fest jury

5 June 2015 4:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils juries and guests for 2015 edition.

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) (June 17-28) has revealed the juries that will judge its five award categories - The Michael Powell Award for Best British Film; Best Performance in a British Feature; Best International Feature; Best Documentary; and Best Short Film. 

Jurors include:

Karen Gillan, actressNatascha McElhone, actressKenneth Turan, film criticAmy Berg, directorArchie Panjabi, actressKyle Patrick Alvarez, directorJessica Hynes, actressDenis Lawson, actorJacqueline Lyanga, AFI film festival directorDolly Wells, actress.

Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy star Gillan will see her dirctorial debut - short film Coward - screened at the Festival.

Us director Berg’s films Prophet’s Prey and Every Secret Thing will screen at Eiff while Alverez will see his feature, The Stanford Prison Experiment, shown at the Festival.

Wells stars in Black Mountain Poets, 45 Years and Doll & Em 2, all showing at this year’s festival.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Ganz's Memorable Hitler Has Become the Stuff That Parodies Are Made Of

9 May 2015 6:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Downfall' movie: Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, and a tendency to emphasize the more obvious aspects of the narrative. Several key performances – including Bruno Ganz's now iconic Adolf Hitler – help to lift Downfall above the level of myriad other World War II movies. Nazi Germany literally goes under In Downfall, which by the end of 2004 had been seen by more than 4.5 million German moviegoers, Nazi Germany is about to lose the war. In his underground bunker, Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz) grows increasingly out of touch with reality as he sees his dream of Deutschland über alles go kaput. Some of those under his command are equally incapable of thinking coherently. »

- Andre Soares

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BBC orders Steve McQueen drama

30 March 2015 4:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Six-parter produced by Rainmark Films readied for spring 2016.

The BBC has formally commissioned its “epic” Steve McQueen drama about the experiences of a black community in west London.

The corporation and UK indie Rainmark Films, the indie led by Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, are aiming to shoot the as-yet-untitled six-part series in spring 2016.

McQueen, the Oscar-winning director of 12 Years A Slave, will direct and co-write the drama, alongside writers including Debbie Tucker Green, who won a Bafta TV award in 2012 for Channel 4 single Random.

The series will chronicle the lives of a group of friends and their families living in west London between the 1960s and the present day. It has been in development since January 2014.

In a bid to secure the services of in-demand director McQueen, BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson took the unusual step of commissioning the series before reading a script. Lucy Richer ordered »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Rainmark reveals Sean Bean 'Frankenstein Chronicles' details

26 March 2015 5:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Rainmark Films, the indie led by Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, has lifted the lid on its multimillion-pound ITV Encore drama The Frankenstein Chronicles.

The London-based production company came close to making the series for Channel 4, but the broadcaster backed out of the project and it became ITV Encore’s first original commission last year.

“This project was in development with C4 for two years but they cancelled it. Fortunately for us, ITV was just about to launch Encore,” said Rainmark managing director Scoffield.

“We sent it to them - not knowing whether it would fit - and they felt like it would sit well.”

The Frankenstein Chronicles is currently in production in Northern Ireland, where it has received funding from Northern Ireland Screen, and Endemol Shine International will be selling the six-part series at MipTV in Cannes next month.

Sean Bean leads the cast in his first »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Did the 2005 Oscars get it right?

18 February 2015 9:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...

It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.

This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »

- simonbrew

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Berlinale 2015: Oliver Hirschbiegel's New WWII Thriller '13 Minutes'

12 February 2015 10:45 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

If only he had 13 more minutes, the world would be an entirely different place. The new film from German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Das Experiment, Downfall, The Invasion), titled 13 Minutes, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this week. It's a solid thriller that tells the true story of carpenter Georg Elser, a resistance fighter who designed a bomb and attempted to kill Hitler in 1939, but was unsuccessful by only 13 minutes. It feels very much like Germany's response to The Imitation Game, highlighting an individual who tried to impact WWII for the better and wasn't recognized by his country for many years. It's also everything that Valkyrie should've been, but wasn't, and explores Georg's life leading up to and after the bombing. I'm not sure why so many critics are out to hate this film, but it's certainly not bad by any means (contrary to what some might be claiming). It's not perfect either, »

- Alex Billington

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‘13 Minutes’ Helmer Says Hitler’s Would-Be Killer Was Like Snowden – Berlin

12 February 2015 11:44 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sony Pictures Classics acquired North and Latin American distribution rights to Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Nazi-era drama 13 Minutes early on at the Berlin Film Festival. The story of Georg Elser, who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939, has its official screening out of competition today and was met with high praise from the press corps this morning. This is a return to familiar territory for the Oscar-nominated Downfall director after 2013’s savaged English-language biopic Diana.

A compelling portrait of the resistance fighter, 13 Minutes is not the first time Elser’s story has come to the screen, but is a rarity. Klaus Maria Brandauer starred in and directed Seven Minutes in 1989 which focused more on the building of Elser’s poorly-timed bomb. The failed deed was put in motion during a speech given by Hitler for the anniversary of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. The bomb Elser had placed behind the lectern detonated »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Berlin Film Review: ’13 Minutes’

12 February 2015 10:32 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Before making yet another film about the Third Reich, it would be wise for filmmakers to ask why. Is it to “never forget,” or is it because there always seems to be funding available for a Nazi pic? Oliver Hirschbiegel’s cinematic return to the era, “13 Minutes,” resurrects the story of Georg Elser, Hitler’s would-be assassin in 1939, yet as with countless films set in the period, the absence of subtlety combined with predictable dollops of sentimentalism once again trivialize events in the name of making them understandable. Unsurprisingly, international sales have been brisk, and Sony Classics’ early Berlinale pickup indicates confidence in the possibilities for a full-scale U.S. rollout.

Why is it taking so long for people to question whether a constant stream of trite movies on major subjects is really the best way to commemorate a tragedy? The answer, unfortunately, is that simplistic movies make the unfathomable comprehensible, »

- Jay Weissberg

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Berlin: 'Downfall,' '13 Minutes' Part of Trilogy on Nazi Era, Says Director

12 February 2015 4:19 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After the Oscar-nominated Downfall, about Adolf Hitler's final days, and his new drama 13 Minutes, the story of would-be Hitler assassin Georg Elser, director Oliver Hirschbiegel is planning a third film on the Nazi era. “I want to complete my trilogy of the history of National Socialism,” the director told THR. “Downfall showed the end, 13 Minutes showed the beginning. The last film will look at the victims, either during Hitler or afterwards, to show the impact of the Nazis.” He didn't immediately provide further details on the third film and when he might start on

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- Scott Roxborough

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Berlin: Sony Classics Grabs Hitler Assassination Drama '13 Minutes'

9 February 2015 8:40 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sony Pictures Classics has grabbed North American and Latin American rights to "13 Minutes" from Beta Cinema and director Oliver Hirschbiegel. Starring Christian Fridel and Burghart Klaußner of "The White Ribbon," and co-starring Katharina Schüttler and Johann von Bülow, the film follows a carpenter "who could have changed world history and saved millions of human lives. If only he had had 13 more minutes. With 13 more minutes, the bomb he had personally assembled would have torn apart Adolf Hitler and his henchmen. But this was not to be, and on 8 November 1939, Hitler left the scene of the attempted assassination earlier than expected - leaving Elser to fail catastrophically," per the press release. Hirschbiegel is best known for his Academy Award-nominated "Downfall," the 2004 German-language, WWII-era drama about the last days of Hitler. "13 Minutes" is produced by Lucky Bird Pictures in »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Hitler Assassination Story ’13 Minutes’

7 February 2015 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin rights to Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “13 Minutes,” which is playing out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

Based on the story of an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, the Beta Cinema film stars Christian Friedel and Katharina Schuttler

Hirschbiegel’s “Downfall” was nominated for a foreign language film Oscar in 2005.

“I am overjoyed and very, very proud that Sony Pictures Classics, for me the crown jewel of foreign language and indie film distributors, will bring ’13 Minutes’ to the American audiences who I am sure will come to love this exceptionally free spirited and brave man Georg Elser,” said Hirschbiegel in a statement.

“60 years after the end of WWII there continues to be extraordinary stories from that period and ’13 Minutes’ is one of those stories. Oliver Hirschbiegel is a gifted storyteller, whose film we are proud to bring to the public, alongside Dirk, »

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Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics Takes '13 Minutes' for North America

7 February 2015 10:10 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Hitler assassination drama 13 Minutes from Beta Cinema. Directed by Academy Award-nominated Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall), it is playing out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival. The deal with Spc was underway before Berlin got underway, according to insiders. Read more Berlin: 'The Last King' Sells to Germany, Austria, Switzerland The movie is about would-be assassin Georg Elser. "With 13 more minutes, the bomb he had personally assembled would have torn apart Adolf Hitler and his henchmen," a plot description says. "But this was not

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- Georg Szalai

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A Rundown Of Buzzy Berlin Titles As Market Begins To Roll

6 February 2015 8:34 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.

Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.

Much of the pre-buy buzz »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Berlin: Lineup Delivers Auteurs and Alluring Assortment of World Cinema

5 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Don’t know where to start with the jumbo-sized Berlin festival lineup? Join “The Club,” as the latest film from Oscar-nominated “No’s” director Pablo Larrain is called. The good news is that this year’s program offers plenty of enticing titles, clustered around a few intriguing trends.

A Platform for Hollywood

Last year, Berlin set “The Grand Budapest Hotel” off on the right foot. The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of Wes Anderson’s career. Universal has even bigger expectations for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which plans to seduce its first crowds in Berlin. On the more demure side, Disney will unwrap its live-action, Kenneth Branagh-made “Cinderella,” while “Twilight” director Bill Condon offers a low-key, late-life look at suddenly ubiquitous Sherlock with “Mr. Holmes.”

Films We Expected to See in Park City

There are a handful of titles that skipped U.S. fests to premiere in Berlin. »

- Peter Debruge

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Berlin 2015: complete competition line-up revealed

19 January 2015 5:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World premieres of Wim WendersEvery Thing Will Be Fine, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes) and Pablo Larraín’s The Club added to programme.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) has unveiled its full Competition line-up.

Some 21 of the 23 titles will be world premieres, and 19 features from across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia will compete for Golden and Silver Bears.

New additions include Wim WendersEvery Thing Will Be Fine, which will play out of competition. The film, shot in 3D, stars James Franco as a writer who accidentally hits and kills a child while out driving. Co-stars include Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams.

As previously announced, Wenders will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement and will have ten of his films screened as part of the Homage strand.

Also playing out of competition will be the world premiere of Elser (13 Minutes) from Oliver Hirschbiegel, the German »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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