At the school, Friedrich meets Albrecht Stein (Tom Schilling), the son of a Nazi officer, who becomes his roommate and friend. Albrecht is different from the other students and shows a rebellious attitude towards the regime. Friedrich and Albrecht develop a close bond and plan to escape together, but their plans are discovered and Albrecht is punished severely.
“Napola – Elite für den Führer” portrays the dark side of Nazi Germany and the indoctrination of young men into a system of violence and hate. It also shows the power dynamics within the school, with the officers abusing their authority and the students competing with each other for the approval of their superiors.
“Napola – Elite für den Führer” received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Bavarian Film Award for Best Production and the Best Supporting Actor award at the German Film Awards. It was also nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film was praised for its powerful performances, gripping storytelling, and thought-provoking exploration of the nature of evil and indoctrination.
|Directed by||Dennis Gansel|
|Produced by||Viola JägerHarald KüglerMolly von Fürstenberg|
|Written by||Dennis GanselMaggie Peren|
|Starring||Max Riemelt, Tom Schilling,|
|Music by||Angelo Badalamenti, Normand Corbeil|
|Edited by||Jochen Retter|
|Distributed by||Constantin Film|
|Release date||July 4, 2004 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival) January 13, 2005 (Germany)|
|Running time||114 minutes|