13 Minutes: Part of Hitler Trilogy that Began with Downfall

After the Oscar-nominated Downfall, about Adolf Hitler’s final days, and his new drama 13 Minutes, the story of would-be Hitler assassin Georg Elser, German director Oliver Hirschbiegel is planning a third film on the Nazi era.

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“I want to complete my trilogy of the history of National Socialism,” the director said. “Downfall showed the end, 13 Minutes showed the beginning. The last film will look at the victims, either during Hitler or afterwards, to show the impact of the Nazis.” He didn’t immediately provide further details on the third film and when he might start on it.

The film tells the story of Elser, a simple carpenter who carried out a daring bomb attack on Hitler at a Nazi party gathering in Munich in 1939. Elser would have succeeded if Hitler hadn’t left the meeting 13 minutes early.

Christian Friedel, who gives a strong performance as Elser, is already a rising star, having appeared in Michael Haneke’s Oscar-nominated The White Ribbon and in Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou, which screened in Cannes Film Fest last year.

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up 13 Minutes for a U.S. release and the film.