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13 MINUTES (ELSER – ER HÄTTE DIE WELT VERÄNDERT)

Georg Elser was a man 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. Who was this man who recognized the danger emanating from Hitler sooner than many others, who took action when everybody else, including the German generals, meekly followed orders or kept silent? What did he see which our parents or grandparents did not see or want to see? The man who told his torturers to their faces that he wanted to prevent the bloodshed of the imminent world war?

13 MINUTES relates the background of the failed attack in the Bürgerbräukeller and paints a suspenseful, emotional portrait of the resistance fighter. A story that takes us 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, Adolf Hitler.


Oliver Hirschbiegel scored a sensational success with the award-winning feature film THE EXPERIMENT (2001).His third feature DOWNFALL (2004) was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2005 in the category Best Foreign Language Film. Also active in television, a selection of his other features includes: 13 MINUTES (2015), DIANA (2013), FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN (2009), INVASION (2007), EIN GANZ GEWÖHNLICHER JUDE (2005), and MY LAST FILM (2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel
Screenplay Fred Breinersdorfer, Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Cast Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, David Zimmerschied, Johann von Bülow
Producers Boris Ausserer, Oliver Schündler, Fred Breinersdorfer
Production Company Lucky Bird Pictures, in co-production with SWR/Stuttgart, ARD Degeto, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR, ARTE, Delphi Medien/Stuttgart, Philipp Filmproduction/Oldenburg
Length 109 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2015 (Out of Competition), Istanbul 2015, Edinburgh 2015, Moscow 2015, Seminci Valldolid 2015, Camerimage 2015 (Main Competition), Seattle 2016, São Paulo 2016, Palm Springs 2017
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2014 (Producers' Award)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor NFP Marketing & Distribution*

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