Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
US release date: Oct 15, 2014
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
With André Dussollier, Niels Arestrup, Burghart Klaußner
85 mins | France / Germany | 2014

As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then only ‘as a field of rubble’. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre-Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing is to be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and thus starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan.

In this riveting adaptation of the stage success by Cyril Gély, the great Volker Schlöndorff (Academy Award winner THE TIN DRUM) has created a psychologically elaborate game of political manners between two highly contrasting characters. While Choltitz entrenches himself behind his duty to unquestioningly obey all military orders, Nordling tries everything he can to appeal to reason and humanity and prevent the senseless destruction of the beloved ‘City of Light.’

-Opens in New York on October 15th at Film Forum with a national release to follow.

-Opens in Los Angeles November 7 at Laemmle Theater

January 20 - 21, 2015 Proctor Theatres NY

January 21-22 Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI

January 23 - 29, 2015 Red River Theatres NH

January 23 - 30, 2015 Gateway Film Center OH

January 24 - 31, 2015 The Luna Theater MA

February 6, 2015 Hopkins Center for the Arts NH

February 6, 2015 Staller Center for the Arts NY

February 7 - 8, 2015 Cleveland Cinematheque OH

February 13 - 19, 2015 Catamount Arts VT

February 23 - 26, 2015 The Ware Center MA

March 7 - 8, 2015 Railroad Square Cinema ME

March 8, 2015 Douglass Theatre GA

March 26 - 30, 2015 French Film Festival VA

US distributor : Zeitgeist Films

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