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Brief synopsis

The night of August 24, 1944. The fate of Paris is in the hands of General von Choltitz, governor of Grand Paris, who is preparing, on Hitler’s orders, to blow up the French capital. The descendent of a long line of Prussian military men, the general has never had any hesitation when it came to obeying orders. This is what’s on Swedish consul Raoul Nordling’s mind as he takes the secret staircase that leads to General von Choltitz’s suite at the Hôtel Meurice. The bridges on the Seine and the major monuments of Paris (including the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower) are mined with explosives, ready to be detonated. Armed with all the weapons of diplomacy, the consul will try to convince the general not to follow Hitler’s order of destruction.

Cast

ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
André DussollierNordling [L]
Niels ArestrupCholtitz [L]
Burghart KlaußnerHauptmann Werner Ebernach [L]
Robert StadloberAdjudant Bressensdorf, [L]
Charlie NelsonConcierge [SR]
Jean-Marc RoulotJacques Lanvin [SR]
Stefan Wilkening
Caporal Mayer [SR]
Thomas ArnoldLieutenant Hegger [SR]
Lucas PrisorSS 1 [SR]
Attila Georg Borlan
SS Offizier Schmidts [SR]
Marie DompnierLa Dame maquillée [SR]
Claudine AcsLa femme de chambre [SR]
Dominique EngelhardtGarde Hans [SR]
Johannes KlaußnerHans [SR]
Olivier YthierLieutenant Karcher [SR]
Charles Morillon
Peter Ebernach [BP]
Pierre-Marie Rochefort-SchneiderOpérateur radio [BP]
Jochen HägeleSoldat d’escorte [BP]
Jean-Cyril DurieuxSoldat d’escorte [BP]

Crew

ActivityNameComment
Production accountantJeannick Quai
Production accountantYvonne Kowal
Gagenabrechnungen dt. Team
Gagenabrechnungen dt. Team
1st ADOlivier Coutard
2nd ADMareike Engelhardt
Vfx producerBoris Duepré
associate producer: Pixomondo
associate producer: Pixomondo
Director of photographyMichel Amathieu
2nd assistant cameraEtienne Fu-Le Saulnier
Costume designerMirjam Muschel
Übernommen Berlin +Paris
Übernommen Berlin +Paris
Costume designerBettina Marx
Vorbereitung Paris/Berlin 1945
Vorbereitung Paris/Berlin 1945
Assistant costume designerKarin Faltlhauser
Historisch 1940er - Berlin/ Paris
Historisch 1940er - Berlin/ Paris
Assistant costume designerElise Cribier-Delande
TailorKatrin Kobold
ü.Studio Babelsberg
ü.Studio Babelsberg
DirectorVolker Schlöndorff
Director (dubbing)Erik Paulsen
Klammerteile
Klammerteile
Script supervisorDominique Arce
EditorVirginie Bruant
ProducerMarc de Bayser
ProducerFrank Le Wita
ProducerNathalie Andries
Co-producerFelix Moeller
Co-producerMargarethe von Trotta
Co-producerAmelie Latscha
Production designerJacques Rouxel
Art directorJacky Hardouin
Standby propsChristian Gazio
Production managerJean-Christophe Cardineau
Production managerDarko Lovrinic
german part
german part
Production managerHartwig König
german part
german part
Production coordinatorSarah Blanc
Unit manager (local system)Stéphan Guillemet
Assistant location managerLogan Lelièvre
Production assistantJonathan Reisch
Production assistantBenjamin Tasimovicz
Production assistantAurélie Di Pascale
Production assistantDavid Thooris
extra
extra
Production assistantStéphanie Jossec
ScreenwriterCyril Gely
ScreenwriterVolker Schlöndorff
Literary sourceCyril Gely
stage play
stage play
Dubbing script writerErik Paulsen
Klammerteile
Klammerteile
Script translatorCordula Treml
Auszüge
Auszüge
Sound designerAndre Zacher

Production companies

CompanyComment
Film Oblige [fr]
Blueprint Film GmbH [de]

Distribution / Sales companies

CompanyComment
Gaumont [fr]
France (theatrical)
France (theatrical)
Koch Media GmbH [de]
Germany (theatrical)
Germany (theatrical)

Facilities

DepartmentCompanyComment
Production ServicesMig régie production
Transportation, Travel and Accomodationvorsprung UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Kostüme Pdm - Paris
Kostüme Pdm - Paris
CostumesKostümfundus Babelsberg GmbH
KB: Miriam Muschel
KB: Miriam Muschel
CostumesSturm Handels GmbH
Uniformen
Uniformen
Image (VFX)Pixomondo [de]

Awards

Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Volker Schlöndorff2014Festival des deutschen Films
Wettbewerb
WettbewerbNominated
Volker Schlöndorff2014Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Berlinale Special
Berlinale SpecialNominated

TV-broadcast

TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
RepeatFrancearteFriday, 27/05/2022, 8.55 PM
RepeatGermanyarteFriday, 27/05/2022, 8.15 PM
RepeatFrancearteWednesday, 06/05/2020, 8.50 PM

Cinema releases and premieres

TypeCountryDateComment
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 28/08/2014
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 05/03/2014