“Downfall” director Oliver Hirschbiegel returns to the setting of his greatest career achievement with the WWII set “13 Minutes.” And once again, this is another story that revolves around Hitler, but this time, instead of focusing on the man, the tale revolves around someone else who nearly changed the course of history.
“13 Minutes” tells the true story of George Elser, played by “The White Ribbon” star Christian Friedel, a mild-mannered carpenter who carried out a bomb plot against Hitler at a Nazi convention in Munich 1939. It’s a portrait of a man who was seemingly non-political and explores what drove him to take such drastic action. Premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, our critic had mixed feelings, but wrote in her review that as a “high-quality recreation of one of WWII’s lesser-known chapters, it is largely successful.”
“13 Minutes” opens in the U.K. on July 17th. No U.S. release date yet.