Napola

Napola

Deutschland 2003/2004, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Napola

Germany, 1942. The Hitler regime is at the peak of its political and military power. Seventeen-year-old Friedrich Weimer, from the Berlin working-class district of Wedding, is a gifted boxer.

Thanks to his talent, he receives an offer to study at the "Napola", the elitist National-Political School at Allenstein, which trains future leaders of the German Reich. Friedrich sees this as the chance of a lifetime to free himself from the restrictions of his class and enrols in the school, located in an old castle, against the will of his parents. There, in a disconcerting world dominated by harsh Nazi discipline, he experiences both fierce rivalry and unexpected camaraderie – until a barbarous raid against escaped prisoners of war and his growing friendship with Albrecht Stein, the quiet, sensitive son of a high-ranking Nazi official, force him to make an important decision, one that will also mark the end of his youth.


After his prize-winning debut TV movie "The Phantom" and his teenage comedy "Girls on top" (Berlinale 2001), young director Dennis Gansel turns here to the serious topic of confronting Germany’s National-Socialist past and has been rewarded for his efforts: "Napola" received the EuropaCinema Platinum Award 2004 as Best Film in Viareggio and the Audience Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. This year’s Shooting Star Max Riemelt was named Best Actor at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2004 for his lead performance of Friedrich Weimer.

Source: 55. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Dennis Gansel
Screenplay:Dennis Gansel, Maggie Peren
Director of photography:Peter-Joachim Krause, Torsten Breuer
Editing:Jochen Retter
Music:Normand Corbeil
  
Cast: 
Max RiemeltFriedrich Weimer
Tom SchillingAlbrecht Stein
Devid StriesowHeinrich Vogler
Joachim BissmeierDr. Karl Klein
Justus von DohnányiGauleiter Heinrich Stein
Michael SchenkJosef Peiner
Florian StetterJustus von Jaucher
Alexander HeldFriedrichs Vater
Sissy HöffererFriedrichs Mutter
Jonas JägermeyrChristoph Schneider
Leon A. KerstenTjaden
Thomas DrechselHefe
Martin GoeresSiegfried Gladen
Claudia MichelsenAlbrechts Mutter
Julie EngelbrechtKatharina
Johannes ZirnerTorben Send
Alexander HeldFriedrichs Vater
Dennis GanselTrainer Boxverein
  
Production company:Olga-Film GmbH (München)
Producer:Molly von Fürstenberg, Viola Jäger, Harald Kügler

All Credits

Director:Dennis Gansel
Screenplay:Dennis Gansel, Maggie Peren
Director of photography:Peter-Joachim Krause, Torsten Breuer
Titles / Opticals:Darius Ghanai
Set design:Matthias Müsse
Make-up artist:Josef Lojik, Ivana Chostavá
Costume design:Natascha Curtius-Noss
Editing:Jochen Retter
Sound editor:Jörg Elsner (ADR Editing)
Music editor:Peter Fuchs
Foley editor:Daniel Dietenberger
Sound design:Alexander Saal
Sound:Eckhard W. Kuchenbecker
Foley artist:Philipp Sellier (Aufnahmen)
Audio mixing:Martin Steyer, Hubertus Rath
Consultant:Dr. Christian Hartmann (Militärische Beratung)
Casting:Nessie Nesslauer
Music:Normand Corbeil
Arrangement:Angelo Badalmenti (Musik-Themen)
Conductor:Andreas Kirnberger
  
Cast: 
Max RiemeltFriedrich Weimer
Tom SchillingAlbrecht Stein
Devid StriesowHeinrich Vogler
Joachim BissmeierDr. Karl Klein
Justus von DohnányiGauleiter Heinrich Stein
Michael SchenkJosef Peiner
Florian StetterJustus von Jaucher
Alexander HeldFriedrichs Vater
Sissy HöffererFriedrichs Mutter
Jonas JägermeyrChristoph Schneider
Leon A. KerstenTjaden
Thomas DrechselHefe
Martin GoeresSiegfried Gladen
Claudia MichelsenAlbrechts Mutter
Julie EngelbrechtKatharina
Johannes ZirnerTorben Send
Alexander HeldFriedrichs Vater
Dennis GanselTrainer Boxverein
  
Production company:Olga-Film GmbH (München)
in co-production with:SevenPictures GmbH (Unterföhring), Constantin Film Produktion GmbH (München)
Producer:Molly von Fürstenberg, Viola Jäger, Harald Kügler
Unit production manager:Astrid Kühberger
Shoot:15.09.2003-31.12.2003: Prag, Bouzov
Original distributor:Constantin Film Verleih GmbH (München)
Funding:FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin)
Length:3147 m, 115 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 07.10.2004, 99889, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (CZ): 04.07.2004, Karlovy Vary, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Erstaufführung (DE): 27.10.2004, Hof, Internationale Filmtage [Eröffnungsfilm];
Kinostart (DE): 13.01.2005

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Napola
Weiterer Titel (DE) Before the Fall
Weiterer Titel (DE) Napola - Elite für den Führer
Schreibvariante (DE) NaPolA

Versions

Original

Length:3147 m, 115 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 07.10.2004, 99889, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (CZ): 04.07.2004, Karlovy Vary, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Erstaufführung (DE): 27.10.2004, Hof, Internationale Filmtage [Eröffnungsfilm];
Kinostart (DE): 13.01.2005
 

Awards

Deutscher Filmpreis 2003
Lola, Bestes unverfilmtes Drehbuch