Oliver Hirschbiegel’s “13 Minutes” (aka “Georg Elser”) was among the top sellers at this year’s AFM with a wide range of deals closed
for all continents. The latest film by the Academy Award-nominated director secured an all-rights-agreement from Beta Cinema for UK and Ireland, Studiocanal also locked the rights for Australia and New
Zealand. Furthermore Beta Cinema sold the emotional portrait of the resistance fighter who tried to assassinate Hitler to Japan (Gaga Communications),
France (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Scandinavia (Svensk Filmindustri), Benelux (September Film Rights), Brazil (Mares Filmes), Greece (Feelgood
Entertainment), and Colombia (Cine Colombia).
Beta Cinema’s AFM promo reel raised also strong interest from distributors in the US, amongst others.
“13 Minutes” relates the background of the failed attack on Hitler on November 8th 1939 in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller, where Hitler left the scene only 13
minutes before the explosion – leaving Elser to fail catastrophically. Painting a suspenseful, emotional portrait of “Georgie”, how he was called in his
hometown, the story takes us from Georg Elser’s early years in the Swabian Alps – when National Socialism arose – to his last days at the Dachau
concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war.
Hirschbiegel (“Downfall”) is supported by high-ranking talents before and behind the camera: Christian Friedel (“The White
Ribbon“), Katharina Schüttler (“Generation War”) and Burghart Klaußner (“The White Ribbon“) take the leads; among the crew members are author Fred
Breinersdorfer (“Sophie Scholl“), DOP Judith Kaufmann (“Four Minutes“) and the set-designer duo Benedikt Herforth (“Rommel“) and Thomas Stammer
(“Generation War”). The Oliver Hirschbiegel film is a production of Lucky Bird Pictures in coproduction with SWR, ARD Degeto, BR, WDR, ARTE, Delphi Medien,
Philipp filmproduction and Broth Film. Producers are Oliver Schündler, Boris Ausserer (“Lucky Bird“) and Fred Breinersdorfer (“Delphi“). NFP (“The Lunchbox“,
” Hannah Arendt”) will release the feature next April in Germany.