added: Wed, Dec 21st '16
Based on the incredible true story of Georg Elser, a 36-year-old German carpenter who was only 13 minutes shy of killing Adolf Hitler during an elaborate, yet failed assassination attempt on November 8, 1939.
Starring Christian Friedel (Amour Fou, The White Ribbon) as Georg Elser, "13 Minutes" is the latest directorial effort from Oliver Hirschbiegel, the acclaimed German director of 2004's Oscar-nominated Hitler drama "Downfall."
The WWII thriller tells Elser's life story as a working-class family man who became so infuriated at the Nazi party that he secretly constructed a time bomb and placed it under a stage where Hitler was scheduled to deliver a speech. Ultimately, Hitler cut his speech short by 13 minutes and had left the building before the bomb went off. Elser was eventually found, arrested, mercilessly interrogated for days, and thrown in a concentration camp.
"13 Minutes" is scheduled to open in select U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017. Watch the newly-released U.S. trailer, above.
During Hitler's anniversary speech on November 8, 1939, a man is arrested on the Swiss border for possession of suspicious objects. Just minutes later, a bomb explodes in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller, immediately behind the Fuhrer's lectern, killing eight people.The man is Georg Elser (Christian Friedel), a carpenter from Konigsbronn in the Swabia region.When a map of the site of the assault and detonators are found on him, he is sent to the head of the Criminal Police in the Reichssicherheitshauptamt, Arthur Nebe (Burghart Klaussner) and the head of the Gestapo, Heinrich Müller (Johann von Bulow) to be questioned. From them, Elser learns that his attempt has failed – that the man he wanted to kill in order to stop the bloodshed of the World War that had just begun, has left the Bürgerbraukeller 13 MINUTES before the explosion.
directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel
starring Christian Friedel, Katharina Schuttler, Burghart Klaussner, Johann von Bulow
release date March 17, 2017 (U.S. release)