08. November 2014

Los Angeles, 8 November 2014. In a heated bidding, Studio Canal secured all rights for the UK and Ireland to Oliver Hirschbiegel’s 13 MINUTES (aka GEORG ELSER), a stunning and emotional portrait of the resistance fighter Georg Elser who tried to assassinate Hitler in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller on November 8th 1939.

Beta Cinema showed a first promo that has been met with enthusiastic reactions. Further deals are to be announced soon.

“We are excited to see the power house Studio Canal get behind the film in the UK and Ireland. Their passion to secure this title speaks volumes about the passion they will bring to the release. I am happy to see Oliver Hirschbiegel and this riveting film in most dedicated hands”, says Beta Cinema’s Thorsten Ritter.

"We're delighted to be working with Beta on 13 Minutes and look forward to bringing this fascinating and moving true story to the big screen in the UK".

The deal was brokered by Studio Canal’s Head of UK Acquisitions, Alison Meese, and Beta Cinema’s EVP Acquisitions, Sales & Marketing, Thorsten Ritter.

Ten years after the sweeping worldwide success of Academy Award-nominated "Downfall" with 145 sold territories and box-office records in Germany, the U.S., UK, France, Spain, Scandinavia and the Benelux amongst others, 13 MINUTES marks director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s return to Germany.

Hirschbiegel 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"). Producers are Oliver Schündler, Boris Ausserer (Lucky Bird) and Fred Breinersdorfer (Delphi). NFP ("The Lunchbox", Hannah Arendt") will release the feature on April 2nd 2015 in Germany, almost exactly 70 years after Georg Elser's death in the Dachau concentration camp. Beta Cinema handles the world sales.

A carpenter from Königsbronn in Swabia, 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 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.

13 MINUTES was shot from July to the beginning of September in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin and South Tyrol. The Oliver Hirschbiegel film, produced by Boris Ausserer, Oliver Schündler and Fred Breinersdorfer, is a production of Lucky Bird Pictures in coproduction with SWR (Manfred Hattendorf and Michael Schmidl) as well as ARD Degeto (Christine Strobl), BR (Claudia Simionescu), WDR (Götz Bolten), ARTE (Andreas Schreitmüller), Delphi Medien, Philipp filmproduction (Philipp Hoepp) and Broth Film. The production is subsidized by FFF FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and BLS Südtirol.