Baader

Genre:
Drama , Biography
Year:
2001
Language:
German
Format:
129 minutes
Starring:
Directed by:
Produced by:
Produced by 72 Film / co-producer Mark Egaton / Producers Stefan Fruth, MarK Gläser, Christopher RothFestival Participation
A surreal biopic of the revolutionary activest Andreas Baader, who co-founded the RAF (Red Army Faction), which declared war on the German State and bombed its way through the 1970s.

The rebellious youth of the Sixties, aided by an idealistic and drug-enhanced openness, poured out into the streets by the thousands to protest against the System and the war in Vietnam. For some, this idealistic movement was not enough: they became active and violent revolutionaries, organizing such terrorist groups as the Black Panthers and the Red Brigades. In Germany, a young and disaffected radical by the name of Andreas Baader was soon to become the leader of one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in Europe, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, later known as the Red Army Faction.
 
At the age of 24, Andreas Baader is again busted for car theft, this time landing a three-month prison sentence and further deepening his hatred of authority and his antagonism toward the "oppressive system". Fed up with useless demonstrations, Baader resolutely plans to hit the establishment in a far more radical way. Together with his lover and soul mate Gudrun Ensslin and two comrades, he firebombs department stores in Frankfurt. Police Superintendent Kurt Krone, a socialist who sympathizes with Baader's cause but not his tactics, takes charge of the investigation. Sentenced to prison and temporarily released, Baader compels his comrades into fleeing to Paris.
It is at this point that Baader pressures the group to go underground and organize a revolutionary cell. Joined by the intellectual political journalist Ulrike Meinhof, they are soon to become famous as the Baader-Meinhof Gang, or R.A.F. Under Baader's forceful command and aided by the East-German secret police, the Stasi, they travel to Jordan to train in the art of terrorism but their "hippie" tendencies offend their militant Lebanese hosts who throw them out of the country. Back in Germany the police, now fully prepared and on high alert, swiftly turn on the heat. In response, the Baader-Meinhof Gang goes on a rampage. Using explosives and heavy military weapons, they rob banks, blow up cars, and bomb two American military bases, killing four officers and leaving numerous others seriously injured. Determined to halt the escalation of violence, Superintendent Krone and his police dragnet methodically close in. A trap is set, which soon brings Krone face to face with his adversary.