Stuttgart-born Robert Schwentke is best known as the director of several star-powered, big-budget Hollywood movies with an unusual sense for the quirky and the off-beat, such as Flightplan (2005), The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009) and RED – Retired ExtremelyDangerous (2010). For his new film Der Hauptmann, Schwentke returns to his fatherland for a film looking at a piece of history mostly ignored by cinema: the final-phase crimes committed by the Nazi German armed forces against civilians, as well as its own members. How do you tell a story nobody so far has dared to touch? How do you deal with a cast of characters who are all fundamentally evil, bad or mad? How do you question an official history that is determined to skip over these horrors? Moderated by guest programmer and film critic Olaf Möller.

Tuesday 30 January 2018 (14:00-15:30) - Hilton Le Jardin