Germany, 2015, 110’
directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel
written by: Fred Breinersdorfer, LéonieClaire Breinersdorfer
cast: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow, Felix Eitner, David Zimmerschied, Rüdiger Klink, Simon Licht, Cornelia Köndgen, Lissy Pernthaler
cinematography: Judith Kaufmann
edited by: Alexander Dittner
producers: Boris Ausserer, Oliver Schündler, Fred Breinersdorfer
production: Lucky Bird Pictures
Berlinale 2015.; Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015;
13 Minutes is about Georg Elser and his failed attempt to assassinate Hitler. Only 13 minutes separated carpenter Georg Elser from changing the history forever. On 8 November, 1939, Elser planted a bomb behind Hitler's stand in a Munich pub. However, Hitler left the room 13 minutes earlier than planned, so he lived. Oliver Hirschbiegel, who has already staged the last days of the Nazi regime in the award-winning film Downfall, casts light on the story behind Elser's act. Recreating the social and political context of the day, Hirschbiegel analyzes the relationship between Elser and Arthur Nebe, the chief detective in charge of disclosing the members of the conspiracy. While in prison, Elser remembers the events that lead to the assassination attempt, and his reasons for the drastic action.
Oliver Hirschbiegel was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1957. He made his TV directing debut with Das Go! Projekt and his cinema debut with Das Experiment, which won four German Film Awards. In 2005, Downfall was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. After a number of US productions, including the royal biopic Diana, 13 Minutes marks his first German feature film in nine years.