Berlin: Daniel Bruhl Warns Against Europe's Lurch to the Right

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"We have to be very alert that we are not poisoned by all those people and their rising racist and fascist attitude," the 'Rush' star told a festival press conference.

The Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Bruhl on Monday warned against a marked shift to right-wing extremism in Europe while attending the Berlin Film Festival.

"We have to be very alert that we are not poisoned by all those people and their rising racist and fascist attitude. This disease is not yet extinguished," Bruhl told the press conference for Alone in Berlin ahead of its premiere in Berlin. The film stars two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson alongside Brendan Gleeson and Bruhl in a real-life Nazi Germany drama.

Alone in Berlin, directed by Vincent Perez (La Reine Margot), follows a working-class couple in Berlin who, during World War II, begin a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime. The film is based on the book by German novelist Hans Fallada as it recalls Otto and Elise Hampel's Nazi resistance between 1940 and 1943 and ultimately being beheaded for their bravery and actions.

"That's why it's important to have this film dealing with this courageous couple in the 1930s and 1940s, who fought against the Nazi regime," Bruhl said. Emma Thompson drew her own parallel between Nazi Germany and the current refugee crisis in Europe.

"The sense of people turning their backs on people who need help, of not being able to see the truth, not being able to say what you feel, is very current at the moment," she told the press conference. The Berlin festival has been overshadowed by Europe's refugee crisis as other Hollywood stars promoting their latest movies, including George Clooney, have called for action to ease the continent's humanitarian crisis.

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