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This gripping political thriller, based on the real life story of one man’s attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, explores the methods and motives of a German driven to take desperate action in 1939, early in the war.

“Thrilling! A superbly acted and strikingly evocative work.” – Dan Gunderman, New York Daily News

Georg Elser (Christian Friedel, The White Ribbon) was an idealistic young carpenter who decided to try to kill Hitler for the good of Germany. He painstakingly constructs a bomb and plants it in a Munich beer hall where the Fuhrer will be delivering a speech. It actually works, killing several innocent people, but Hitler had left the building only 13 minutes earlier. Soon arrested and informed of the failure of his plot, Elser is brutally interrogated by the Gestapo, who can’t believe he is a lone assassin with no circle of conspirators. In richly colored flashbacks Georg’s former life and character are revealed: he was a free-spirited apolitical bachelor, romancing an unhappily married woman (Katharina Schüttler) in a rural southwest German town. But witnessing the encroachment of the Third Reich on all aspects of life, he became more sullen and intense, stirred to action. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) and written by Fred Breinersdorfer (Sophie Scholl: The Final Days) with his daughter Léonie-Claire. (Dir. by Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2017, Germany, in German with English subtitles, 114 mins., Rated R)