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Portrait of an urban guerilla.

The rebellious youth of the sixties, aided by an idealistic and drug-enhanced openness, poured out into the streets by the thousands to protest against the system and the war in Vietnam. For some, this idealistic movement was not enough: they became active and violent revolutionaries, organizing such terrorist groups as the Black Panthers and the Red Brigades. In Germany, a young and disaffected radical by the name of Andreas Baader was soon to become the leader of one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in Europe, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, later known as the Red Army Faction. At the age of 24, Andreas Baader is again busted for car theft, this time landing a three-month prison sentence and further deepening his hatred of authority and his antagonism toward the “oppressive system”. Fed up with useless demonstrations, Baader resolutely plans to hit the establishment in a far more radical way. Together with his lover and soul mate, Gudrun Ensslin, and two comrades, he firebombs department stores in Frankfurt. Police Superintendent Kurt Krone, a socialist who sympathizes with Baader’s cause but not his tactics, takes charge of the investigation. Sentenced to prison and temporarily released, Baader compels his comrades into fleeing to Paris.

Christopher Roth was born and raised in Munich, and studied at Munich's Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) from 1983-1989. He is the author of the book 220D, published by Belleville and was editor-in-chief of the magazine Elaste from 1984-1986. He has edited films by Andy Engel, Klaus Lemke, Isaac Julien and Amadu Seck. As an artist, he has had exhibitions with Franz Stauffenberg in Berlin, Zurich, Rio and New York and participated in the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1991, the Venice Biennale in 1993 and the Berlin Biennale in 2001. His films include the shorts Happier Days and Hawaii '96, over 100 advertising spots, Looosers (1995), Candy (TV, 1998) and Baader (2002).
Genre History, Thriller, Biopic
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Christopher Roth
Screenplay Christopher Roth, Moritz von Uslar
Cinematography Jutta Pohlmann, Bella Halben
Barbara Gies, Christopher Roth
L.v. Beethoven, Trans Am, Suicide, CAN
Attila Saygel, Oliver Kroenke, Tobias Nolte
Cast Frank Giering, Laura Tonke, Birge Schade, Vadim Glowna, Jana Pallaske, Michael Sideris
Producers Mark Glaeser, Christopher Roth, Stephan Fruth
Production Company 72film/Berlin, in co-production with Spiel.Film, Munich, Leading Edge/Barcelona
Length 109 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2002 (in competition)

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