Starring Christian Fridel and Burghart Klaußner of “The White Ribbon,” and co-starring Katharina Schüttler and Johann von Bülow, the film follows a carpenter “who could have changed world history and saved millions of human lives. If only he had had 13 more minutes. With 13 more minutes, the bomb he had personally assembled would have torn apart Adolf Hitler and his henchmen. But this was not to be, and on 8 November 1939, Hitler left the scene of the attempted assassination earlier than expected – leaving Elser to fail catastrophically,” per the press release.
Hirschbiegel is best known for his Academy Award-nominated “Downfall,” the 2004 German-language, WWII-era drama about the last days of Hitler. “13 Minutes” is produced by Lucky Bird Pictures in coproduction with SWR, ARD Degeto, BR, WDR, ARTE, Delphi Medien and Philipp film production. Producers are Boris Ausserer, Oliver Schündler (Lucky Bird) and Fred Breinersdorfer (Delphi).
This marks the sixth collaboration between SPC and Beta, including Oscar winners “The Lives of Others” and “The Counterfeiters,” and the Academy-nominated “In Darkness,” suggesting an early 2016 awards hopeful for foreign language film.