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 StadloberAdjutant Bressensdorf, [L]
Charlie NelsonConcierge [SR]
Jean-Marc RoulotJacques Lanvin [SR]
Stefan Wilkening
Caporal Mayer [SR]
Thomas ArnoldLieutenant Hegger [SR]
Lucas Prisor
SS 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 Klaußner
Hans [SR]
Olivier YthierLieutenant Karcher [SR]
Charles MorillonPeter Ebernach [BP]
Pierre-Marie RochefortOpérateur radio [BP]
Jochen HägeleSoldat d’escorte [BP]
Jean-Cyril DurieuxSoldat d’escorte [BP]

Crew

ActivityNameComment
Production accountantYvonne KowalGagenabrechnungen dt. Team
Director of photographyMichel Amathieu
Costume designerBettina MarxVorbereitung Paris/Berlin 1945
Costume designerMirjam MuschelÜbernommen Berlin +Paris
Assistant costume designerKarin FaltlhauserHistorisch 1940er - Berlin/ Paris
Assistant costume designerElise Cribier-Delande
TailorKatrin Koboldü.Studio Babelsberg
DirectorVolker Schlöndorff
Director (dubbing)Erik PaulsenKlammerteile
Script supervisorDominique Arce
EditorVirginie Bruant
ProducerFrank Le Wita
ProducerMarc de Bayser
Co-producerFelix Moeller
Co-producerAmelie Latscha
Co-producerMargarethe von Trotta
Freelance producerNathalie Andries
Production designerJacques Rouxel
Unit production managerJean-Christophe Cardineau
Unit production managerHartwig Königgerman part
Unit production managerDarko Lovrinicgerman part
Unit managerStephan Guillemet
ScreenwriterVolker Schlöndorff
ScreenwriterCyril Gely
Literary sourceCyril Gelystage play
Dubbing script writerErik PaulsenKlammerteile
Script translatorCordula TremlAuszüge
Sound designerAndre Zacher
Vfx producerBoris T. Duepréassociate producer: Pixomondo

Production companies

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

Distributing companies

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

Facilities

DepartmentCompanyComment
Transportation, Travel and Accomodationvorsprung UG (haftungsbeschränkt)Kostüme Pdm - Paris
CostumesKostümfundus Babelsberg GmbHKB: Miriam Muschel
CostumesSturm Handels GmbHUniformen
Image (VFX)Pixomondo

Awards

Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Volker Schlöndorff2014Festival des deutschen FilmsWettbewerbNominated
Volker Schlöndorff2014Internationale Filmfestspiele BerlinBerlinale SpecialNominated

Cinema

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