BERLIN — One of last year’s Berlinale buzz projects — “The Baader-Meinhof Complex” — is coming into focus: Teutonic helmer Uli Edel will direct Bernd Eichinger’s project about the terrorist gang that menaced West Germany in the 1970s.
Eichinger, who rattled the Berlinale last year with the announcement that he was bringing the story of the Red Army Faction to the bigscreen, didn’t himself make it to the fest this go-round. He’s holed up in Hollywood penning the adaptation of Stefan Aust’s tome on the leftist radicals.
Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Ulrike Meinhof — the founding members of the Red Army Faction — unleashed a wave of fear across Europe during the 1970s.
Germany’s Constantin, which Eichinger founded almost 30 years ago, will produce. “Complex,” which will be shot in German, does not yet have an international sales agent. It’s set to go into production this summer.
“Uli is the ideal director for this project,” said Constantin board member Martin Moszkowicz. “He’s part of the generation that experienced that era; he knows the period.”
The RAF targeted and killed bankers, businessmen and government officials as part of their armed struggle against the establishment.
While no longer active, the RAF has continued to cast its shadow over Germany.
The last two major RAF terrorists still behind bars, Brigitte Mohnhaupt and Christian Klar, may finally get released — a prospect that right now has many Germans on edge.
This year also is the 30th anniversary of the mysterious deaths of Baader, Ensslin and fellow gang member Jan-Carl Raspe, who were found dead in their jail cells.
As if this controversial subject wasn’t enough, Constantin will also tackle modern-day fascism with “The Wave,” a bigscreen German-language adaptation of an American TV movie about a high school history class experiment gone awry.
Dennis Gansel, who helmed the World War II movie hit “Napola” (Before the Fall), will direct the Teutonic “Wave”; Juergen Vogel is set to star.