Berlin: Sony Pictures Classics Takes '13 Minutes' for North America

The company also takes the Oliver Hirschbiegel movie, about the failed Hitler assassination attempt, for Latin America.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Hitler assassination drama 13 Minutes from Beta Cinema.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall), it is playing out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival. The deal with SPC was underway before Berlin got underway, according to insiders.

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The movie is about would-be assassin Georg Elser. "With 13 more minutes, the bomb he had personally assembled would have torn apart Adolf Hitler and his henchmen," a plot description says. "But this was not to be, and on Nov. 8, 1939, Hitler left the scene of the attempted assassination earlier than expected, leaving Elser to fail catastrophically."

13 Minutes stars Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon), Katharina Schuttler (Generation War), Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) and Johann von Bulow (Labyrinth of Lies) and is produced by Lucky Bird Pictures in co-production with SWR, ARD Degeto, BR, WDR, ARTE, Delphi Medien and Philipp film production. Producers are Boris Ausserer, Oliver Schundler (Lucky Bird) and Fred Breinersdorfer (Delphi).

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"Sixty years after the end of WWII there continues to be extraordinary stories from that period, and 13 Minutes is one of those stories," said Sony Pictures Classics. "Oliver Hirschbiegel is a gifted storyteller, whose film we are proud to bring to the public."

Said Hirschbiegel: "I am overjoyed and very, very proud that Sony Pictures Classics, for me the crown jewel of foreign-language and indie film distributors, will bring 13 Minutes to the American audiences who I am sure will come to love this exceptionally free-spirited and brave man Georg Elser."

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