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Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage)

Sophie Scholl – The Final Days
Scene from "Sophie Scholl - The Final Days" (photo © Goldkind Film/Juergen Olczyk)

Munich, 1943. As Hitler wages a devastating war in Europe, a group of young people, mostly university students, resorts to passive resistance as the only effective way to cripple the Nazis and their inhuman war machine. The White Rose is formed, a resistance movement dedicated to the downfall of the Third Reich. Sophie Scholl joins the group as its only female member – an innocent young girl who matures into a committed and fearless anti-Nazi. On 18 February 1943, Sophie and her brother Hans are caught distributing leaflets at the university and arrested. Over the next few days, Sophie's interrogation by the Gestapo officer Mohr evolves into an intense psychological duel. She lies and denies, schemes and challenges, lays down her arms and picks them up again, with greater force, nearly disarming her opponent. Then, the crushing evidence, the confession, and Sophie's last, desperate attempt to protect her brother and the other members of the White Rose. Moved by Sophie's uncommon bravery, Mohr even offers her a way out – but at the price of betraying her ideals. She refuses the offer, sealing her fate...
Genre History, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Marc Rothemund
Screenplay Fred Breinersdorfer
Cinematography Martin Langer
Hans Funck
Jana Karen-Brey
Cast Fabian Hinrichs, André M. Hennicke, Maximilian Brückner, Joerg Hube, Johanna Gastdorf, Julia Jentsch, Alexander Held, Florian Stetter
Producers Sven Burgemeister, Marc Rothemund, Fred Breinersdorfer, Christoph Müller
Production Companies Goldkind Film/Munich, Broth Film/Munich, in co-production with BR, SWR/Stuttgart, ARTE
Runtime 115 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2005 (In Competition), Shanghai 2005, Moscow 2005, Brasilia 2005, Goa 2005, Pusan 2005, Rio 2005, Hamptons 2005, Ljubljana 2005, Zagreb 2016
Awards Silver Bears Berlin 2005 for Best Leading Actress & Best Direction, 3 German Film Awards 2005 for Best Film (Silver), Best Leading Actress (Julia Jentsch), Audience Award, Audience Award & Best Direction Brasilia 2005, Audience Award Hamptons 2005, Bernhard-Wicki-Award 2005, German Guild Award 2005, European Film Awards (Julia Jentsch & Marc Rothemund), Bavarian Film Award 2005 (Producers' Award), German Film Critics Award 2005 (Best Actress)
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor X Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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