Sci-fi film centers on Nazis in space

German actress Julia Dietze will topline “Iron Sky,” a dark sci-fi romp about moon-based Nazis who invade Earth.

In the pic, German scientists make a breakthrough in anti-gravity research toward the end of World War II and Nazi spaceships travel to the dark side of the moon, where they set up a base, build a powerful fleet and set out to conquer Earth in 2018. Finnish shingle Blind Spot Pictures and Oliver Damian’s Berlin-based 27 Films Prod. are co-producing.

Dietze, who co-starred in Til Schweiger’s medieval laffer “1½ Knights: In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde,” will play the lead role as a moon Nazi officer who is sent to Earth to find out if the planet is ripe for conquest by the Fourth Reich.

“Julia is a perfect opposite to the testosterone-filled Nazis and massive space battles the film’s visual imagery consists mainly of,” said “Iron Sky” helmer Timo Vuorensola.

The production has benefited greatly from its online supporters. “The Internet community of ‘Iron Sky’ helped us to come up with a kick-ass cost-effective marketing campaign which increases our visibility, not only within the industry but also among the audience,” said Blind Spot’s Tero Kaukomaa. “Last year, ‘Iron Sky’ got its first blast of publicity when the two-and-a-half-minute teaser was released on the Internet. It started spreading like wildfire and we’re already closing in on 2 million viewers,” he added.

Using the Internet to market their works is nothing new for the makers of “Iron Sky.” In 2006 they set out to create an online filmmaking community after “Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning,” an Internet spoof of “Star Trek,” attracted 3.5 million viewers in less than two months.

Relying on free distribution over the web, “Star Wreck” became Finland’s most-viewed movie ever.

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