BERLIN (dpa) – A gripping story about how one man could have changed the course of history by assassinating Hitler in 1939 is to be screened at the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday.
German director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes tells the story of Georg Elser, who planted a bomb behind the Fuhrer’s lectern in a Munich beer cellar on 8 November 1939 a bid to kill the Nazi leader.
But Hitler, who was then at the height of his power, left the cellar 13 minutes before the bomb exploded killing eight people.
Starring Magdeburg-born Christian Friedel as Elser, the film comes about a decade after Hirschbiegel’s Oscar-nominated Downfall, which recounted Hitler’s last 10 days in a bunker before the end of the Second World War.
Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes is his seventh film since his critically acclaimed Das Experiment in 2011.