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Baader Meinhof Complex, The (Baader Meinhof Komplex, Der)

Baader Meinhof Complex, The
Scene from "The Baader Meinhof Complex" (photo © Constantin Film Verleih 2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation led by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society, but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg.


Uli Edel was born in 1947 and studied German Language Studies and Theater Sciences before enrolling at the Munich University of Television & Film, where he first met Bernd Eichinger, whom he worked with on numerous films. A selection of his award-winning films includes: Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (1981), Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989), numerous other US event movies and mini-series like Body of Evidence (1993), The Mists of Avalon (TV, 2001), King of Texas (2002), Julius Caesar (TV, 2003), Ring of the Nibelungs (TV, 2004), as well as The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Uli Edel
Screenplay Bernd Eichinger
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Alexander Berner
Florian Tessloff, Peter Hinderthuer
Bernd Lepel
Cast Heino Ferch, Nadja Uhl, Johanna Wokalek, Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck, Bruno Ganz
Producer Bernd Eichinger
Production Company Constantin Film Produktion, in co-production with Les Nouvelles Editions de Films/Paris, G.T. Film Production/Prague, NDR/Hamburg, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR, Degeto Film
Length 149 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Zurich 2008, Rome 2008, London 2008, Palms Springs 2009, Hong Kong 2009, Istanbul 2009, CPH:PIX 2009, Sevilla 2009
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2009 (Producer Prize)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, Bayerischer Bankenfonds
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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