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The Captain

2DCS/ES12
Director:Robert Schwentke
Cast:Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau, Bernd Hölscher
Premiere:19. October 2018
Length:119 minutes
Genre:Historical, Drama

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Director: Robert Schwentke  •  Scenario: Robert Schwentke  •  Camera: Florian Ballhaus  •  Music: Martin Todsharow  •  Cast: Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau, Bernd Hölscher, Waldemar Kobus, Alexander Fehling, Samuel Finzi, Wolfram Koch, Hendrik Arnst, Haymon Maria Buttinger, Blerim Destani, Marko Dyrlich, Rike Eckermann, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Britta Hammelstein, Jörn Hentschel, Alexander Hörbe, David Scheller, Harald Warmbrunn

Based on the arresting true story of the Executioner of Emsland, The Captain follows a German army deserter, Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and begins to dispense harsh justice. Increasingly intoxicated by the unquestioned authority, this enigmatic imposter soon discovers that many people will blindly follow the leader, whomever that happens to be. Simultaneously a historical docudrama and sociological examination with undertones of the absurd, The Captain presents fascism as something of a game to be played by those most gullible and unscrupulous.

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