GER19 The Captain

21st May, 2019 (CTC)
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  • Director Robert Schwentke
  • Cast Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel
  • Duration 118 min
  • Rating CTC
  • Language German with English subtitles
  • Genre Historical Drama, Anti-War


In a darkly evocative and brutally stark return to German cinema, Hollywood writer-director Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler’s Wife, 2009, RED, 2010) presents the arresting true tale of a wartime impostor which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and won Best Cinematography at the San Sebastián Film Festival in 2017.

In the chaotic final weeks of World War II in Germany, 19-year-old private Willi Herold (a chilling Max Hubacher) joins countless others in risking execution as he deserts his rank. He makes a terrifying escape from his superiors into the bleak and barren moors of the Ems river estuary where half-starved and nearly frozen to death, he discovers the uniform of a Luftwaffe captain. Donning the outfit as his own, Herold assumes his new role with frightening precision. What follows unveils a shocking political satire that will challenge the audience’s notions of individuality and free will.


OFFICIAL SELECTION: World Premiere, Toronto International Film Festival 2017

WINNER: Best Cinematography, San Sebastián Film Festival 2017

WINNER: Best Sound, German Film Awards 2018

WINNER: Best Sound Design, European Film Awards 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Opening Night, Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis 2018

NOMINATED: Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Score, Best Editing, German Film Awards 2018

WINNER: Best Actor, Best supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Special Effects, Best Film, CinEuphoria Awards 2019


  • “A real-life case of an individual being corrupted by the power vested in a uniform.” – Variety

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