13 Minutes
Film Info
Event Type:Film
Film Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2015
Run Time:110 minutes
Rating:R
Production Country:Germany
Original Language:German
Subtitles:English
Trailer:youtu.be/1a-rnFq1FjQ
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Oliver Hirschbiegel
Cast:Christian Friedel
Katharina Schüttler
Burghart Klaußner
Johann von Bülow
Description

“13 Minutes” tells the true story of the man minutes away from almost killing Adolf Hitler.

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 Führer's lectern, killing eight people.

The man is Georg Elser, a carpenter from Königsbronn 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 and the head of the Gestapo, Heinrich Müller 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 Bürgerbräukeller thirteen minutes before the explosion.

For days, Elser is interrogated by Nebe and Müller, for days, he holds out against their questions. Until he finally confesses — and relates the story of his deed.

Thus, Elser remembers how National Socialism slowly metastasised in his home village. How he attempted to oppose it, together with his best friend Josef Schurr and a few others. How he met Elsa, fell in love with her, but because of his plans had to turn away from her, his friends and his family. And how, finally, he acted.

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