‘Downfall’ helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel Set to Direct WWII Drama ‘Georg Elser’

“Downfall” helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel is set to direct German drama “Georg Elser,”  a biopic of the resistance fighter who attempted to kill Hitler in 1939.

Repped in international markets by Munich-based Beta Cinema, the historical drama toplines “The White Ribbon” stars Christian Friedel and Burghart Klaußner, as well as Katharina Schüttler (“Generation War”).

Oliver Schündler, Boris Ausserer at Lucky Bird and Fred Breinersdorfer at Delphi are producing.

 

Written by Fred Breinersdorfer (“Sophie Scholl”), the drama portrays Georg Elser, a German carpenter who had assembled a bomb and plotted an attack on Hitler in November 1939, shortly after the start of WWII. The failed assassination attempt led Elser to be imprisoned at the Dachau concentration camp where he was killed 70 years ago, just a few days before the end of the war.

“Elser”‘s key crew includes cinematographer Judith Kaufmann (“Four Minutes”) and set designers Benedikt Herforth (“Rommel”) and Thomas Stammer (“Generation War”).

NFP (“The Lunchbox”, Hannah Arendt”) will release the pic on April 2 in Germany. Shooting is taking place in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin and South Tyrol.

German networks ARD Degeto, BR, WDR, ARTE are co-producing, along with Delphi Medien, Philipp filmproduction and Broth Film.

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