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The Captain

 

 

Original title:
Der Hauptmann
Slovenian title:
Stotnik
Section:
AVANTPREMIERES

Country, year:
Germany, Poland, Portugal, France, 2017
Length:
118

Directed by:
Robert Schwentke

Screenplay:
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Cinematography:
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Music:
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Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
German
Voting code:
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Cast:
Max Hubacher (Willi Herold), Milan Peschel (Freytag), Frederick Lau (Kipinski), Bernd Hölscher (Schütte), Waldemar Kobus (Hansen), Alexander Fehling (Junker), Samuel Finzi (Roger), Wolfram Koch (Schneider)
Awards:
San Sebastian 2017 (Best Cinematography), Bari 2018 (Best Film), Vilna/Vilnus 2018 (FIPRESCI Prize), Toronto 2017, Rotterdam 2018, Hong Kong 2018


DateHourLocation 
Mon, 12.11.2018 17:30 Linhart Hall
Wed, 14.11.2018 16:45 Kino Šiška Cinema
Thu, 15.11.2018 21:30 Kinodvor Cinema

Deli povezavo
Description:
Based on a true story about a deserter during the last days of the Third Reich, The Captain shows how the blight of Nazism started to eat away at the very essence of the German people's humanity. A story of an overnight conversion from victim to perpetrator.

In the chaotic last two weeks of World War II, in April 1945, Willi Herold, a 19-year-old private, ragged and starving, barely manages to escape being gunned down by his fellow countrymen. Trying to steal some eggs at a nearby farm, he ends up killing the farmer, which marks the beginning of his transformation from the condemned to the judge, a desperate man who in dire straits has no qualms of participating in the evil himself. He soon finds an abandoned car with a Captain's uniform, a coat and shoes. Gathering a group of deserters, he proceeds to kill and plunder his way through a beaten Nazi Germany. The role of a man deciding the lives and deaths of others on a whim immediately starts feeling natural.

"I wanted to make a film about the structural dynamics of national socialism. /…/ I found it interesting to make a film about that period of time with a character who was not motivated by ideology, or even by ambition, but simply by the desire to survive, a desire that of course evolves as he gains power. I wanted to make a film about people who are rushed into a situation and how they manage." (Robert Schwentke)
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