During Hitler’s anniversary speech on November 8, 1939, a man is arrested on the Swiss border for possession of suspicious objects. Just minutes later, a bomb explodes in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller, immediately behind the Führer’s lectern, killing eight people. The man is Georg Elser, a carpenter from Königsbronn in the Swabia region. When a map of the site of the assault and detonators are found on him, he is sent to the head of the Criminal Police in the Reichssicherheitshauptamt, Arthur Nebe and the head of the Gestapo, Heinrich Müller to be questioned. From them, Elser learns that his attempt has failed – that the man he wanted to kill in order to stop the bloodshed of the World War that had just begun, has left the Bürgerbräukeller 13 minutes before the explosion. For days, Elser is interrogated by Nebe and Müller, for days, he holds out against their questions – he looks back at how National Socialism slowly metastasised in his home village. how he attempted to oppose it with his best friend Josef Schurr and how he had to turn away from those he loved because of his plans – until he finally confesses and relates the story of his deed.
Release date: March 17, 2017 (USA)
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Music composed by: David Holmes
Cinematography: Judith Kaufmann
Nominations: German Film Award for Best Makeup