Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage

Deutschland 2004 Spielfilm

Summary

Sophie Scholl – The Final Days

Spring 1943. The Germans have lost the battle for Stalingrad and, in Munich, members of the White Rose infiltrate the city with a wave upon wave of anti-Hitler activities and slogans. Sophie and Hans Scholl are busy distributing flyers in the main hall of Munich University when they are observed and arrested.

From this point on, the film adopts Sophie’s perspective to tell the story of the interrogations that followed their arrest, as well as the brother and sister’s trial and pronouncement of their sentence.

At first, Sophie feigns innocence, fighting tooth and nail to secure her and her brother’s release. However, sensing that the death penalty awaits them, she then does her best to protect her brother and the other resistance fighters. Gestapo man Mohr begins to admire Sophie and indicates that he will help her if she admits to being a fellow-traveller. But Sophie refuses to give up her conviction, instead confronting Mohr with his own unthinking perception of what is right and just.

Roland Freisler, chief of the Nazis’ "People’s Court", is sent from Berlin to Munich to conduct a show trial against the students – in spite of the fact that the death penalty has already been decided from the outset. At a hearing that makes a mockery of all the rules of jurisprudence, Sophie and her brother are sentenced to the death penalty. During the trial, Sophie battles so brilliantly against Freisler (who is positively snorting with rage) that her steadfast behaviour even wins her the approval of the male Nazi spectators at court.

As soon as the trial is over, the brother and sister are taken away to Stadelheim to be executed. They are allowed to say goodbye to their parents before sharing their final cigarette. History has of course shown that Sophie Scholl was right in her last, defiant prediction to Freisler: "You’re hanging us today but, tomorrow, it’ll be your heads that will roll!"

Source: 55. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue) 

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Credits

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Shoot

    • 12.06.2004 - 20.07.2004: München
Duration:
3176 m, 116 min
Format:
35mm, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Eastmancolor, Dolby
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 09.12.2004, 100000, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung: 13.02.2005, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 24.02.2005;
TV-Erstsendung: 14.06.2007, Arte

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE) Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage
  • Weiterer Titel (eng) Sophie Scholl – The Final Days

Versions

Original

Duration:
3176 m, 116 min
Format:
35mm, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Eastmancolor, Dolby
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 09.12.2004, 100000, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung: 13.02.2005, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 24.02.2005;
TV-Erstsendung: 14.06.2007, Arte

Digitalisierte Fassung

Duration:
116 min
Format:
DCP, 1:1,85
Video/Audio:
Farbe, Dolby

Awards

Verband der deutschen Filmkritik 2006
  • Preis der deutschen Filmkritik, Beste Darstellerin
Academy Awards 2006
  • Nominierung, Bester fremdsprachiger Film
Bayerischer Filmpreis 2006
  • Produzentenpreis, Bester Film des Jahres 2005
Europäischer Filmpreis 2005
  • Beste Darstellerin
  • Jameson People’s Choice Award, Beste Regie
  • Jameson People’s Choice Award, Beste Darstellerin
Deutscher Filmpreis 2005
  • Lola in Gold, Bester Spielfilm
  • Lola, Beste Hauptdarstellerin
IFF Berlin 2005
  • Silberner Bär, Beste Regie
  • Silberner Bär, Beste Darstellerin
  • Preis der ökumenischen Jury
Artur Brauer Stiftungspreis 2005