13 Minutes

by Oliver Hirschbiegel

A stunning, emotional portrait of the resistance fighter who tried to assassinate Hitler in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller on November 8th 1939.

Georg Elser was a man 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. Who was this man who recognized the danger emanating from Hitler sooner than many others, who took action when everybody else, including the German generals, meekly followed orders or kept silent? What did he see which our parents or grandparents did not see or want to see? The man who told his torturers to their faces that he wanted to prevent the bloodshed of the imminent world war?The film 13 MINUTES (WT) relates the background of the failed attack in the Bürgerbräukeller and paints a suspenseful, emotional portrait of the resistance fighter who was called „Georgie“ in his hometown. A story that takes us from his early years in the Swabian Alps - when National Socialism arrived in his hometown - to his last days at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war at the command of the one whom he himself wanted to kill, Adolf Hitler.

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 108 minutes
Original title
directed by
Oliver Hirschbiegel (DOWNFALL)
produced by
Lucky Bird Pictures in co-production with SWR, ARD Degeto, BR, WDR, ARTE, Delphi Medien, Philipp filmproduction and Broth Film
  • Katharina Schüttler (GENERATION WAR)
  • Burghart Klaussner (THE WHITE RIBBON)
  • David Zimmerschied (GENERATION WAR)
  • Johann von Bülow (LABYRINTH OF LIES)

Press Quotes

“Oliver Hirschbiegel‘s drama is handsomely mounted and driven by a lead performance of unquestionable integrity from Christian Friedel”

"Fantastically performed, coherently depicted portrait of an almost forgotten hero."

"A clever film that is both contemporary history and thriller in one


"Incredibly gripping"