Generation War

Order the DVD or Blu-ray on Amazon.


Generation War

Generation War

About the Film

Valor, courage, and betrayal come to the fore in this remarkable epic that shows the everyday realities of wartime life from a deeply personal perspective. Billed as a German Band of Brothers, GENERATION WAR vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler. 

In Berlin in 1941, on the eve of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union, level-headed officer Wilhelm (Volker Bruch) is full of patriotic fervor as he heads for the eastern front with his sensitive younger brother Friedhelm (Tom Schilling). Charlotte (Miriam Stein) is a young nurse in love with Wilhelm who is serving in the Red Cross. Greta (Katherina Schüttler) is an ambitious singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, while her boyfriend Viktor (Ludwig Trepte) faces a daily struggle for survival as a Jew in an increasingly oppressive regime. 

These five exceptional young actors infuse their characters with the certainty of youth, which drains away with each successive month of war as the true horrors of the Third Reich are slowly revealed.  At nearly every moment, they are faced with choices between complicity and rebellion, self-preservation and self-sacrifice, blood on their hands and love in their hearts. 

Eight years in the making and filmed on over 150 sets across Germany, Lithuania and Latvia, GENERATION WAR insightfully reveals a country still grappling with how previous generations could have become so tragically misdirected. In Germany, the film has sparked a passionate discussion about personal responsibility and the legacy of guilt for Nazi atrocities. 

German critics have widely praised the film, with Der Spiegel calling GENERATION WAR a "turning point in German television" and national newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung describing it as "the first and last chance... to ask our grandparents about their true biographies, their immoral compromises...the missed chances to act.”

Theatrical running time: Part 1- 131 min., Part 2- 148 min.
Director: Philipp Kadelbach

Reactions

Absorbing, exciting...Battles are staged with SAVING PRIVATE RYAN-like intensity and precision...has a sweep and vigor that recall GONE WITH THE WIND.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A remarkable success! Generation War has galvanized a new discussion about Germany's War Guilt" - Thomas Rogers, The New Republic

"Groundbreaking!" - The Guardian

"Shockingly Realistic!" - The Independent


"A German Band of Brothers!"Hollywood Reporter


Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! San Diego Jewish Film Festival - Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film

Cast & Crew

Cast

Wilhelm: Volker Bruch
Friedhelm: Tom Schilling
Greta: Katharina Schüttler
Viktor: Ludwig Trepte
Charlotte: Miriam Stein
Lilja: Christiane Paul
Hiemer: Sylvester Groth
Dr. Jhan: Götz Schuber
Dorn: Mark Waschke
Hauptmann Feigl: Maxim Mehmet

Crew

Director: Philipp Kadelbach
Script: Stefan Kolditz
Producer: Nico Hofmann
Cinematography: David Slama
Editor: Bernd Schlegel 
Music: Fabian Römer

Technical Info

Production Year: 2012
Countries of Production: Germany
Languages: German
Running Time: 4h 39m
Screen Ratio: 1.77:1
Color: Yes

Theaters

New York
New York
1/15/14
Hartford
Connecticut
1/24/14
Portland
Oregon
1/24/14
Chicago
Illinois
1/24/14
Portland
Maine
2/7/14
Santa Fe
New Mexico
2/21/14
Seattle
Washington
2/28/14
Scottsdale
Arizona
2/28/14
Los Angeles
California
2/28/14
Coral Gables
Florida
2/28/14
Boca Raton
Florida
2/28/14
Boston
Massachusetts
3/7/14
Columbus
Ohio
3/7/14
Minneapolis
Minnesota
3/14/14
Washington D.C.
District of Columbia
3/14/14
Denver
Colorado
3/14/14
Millerton
New York
3/16/14
Atlanta
Georgia
3/21/14

Generation War - Press Page

Hi Res Photos
For single image download (Open and Right-click to save to desktop)
Generation War 1
Generation War 2
Generation War 3
Generation War 4
Generation War 5
Generation War 6
Generation War 7
Generation War 8

Awards & Festivals

  • Winner! San Diego Jewish Film Festival - Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film

Reactions

Absorbing, exciting...Battles are staged with SAVING PRIVATE RYAN-like intensity and precision...has a sweep and vigor that recall GONE WITH THE WIND.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A remarkable success! Generation War has galvanized a new discussion about Germany's War Guilt" - Thomas Rogers, The New Republic

"Groundbreaking!" - The Guardian

"Shockingly Realistic!" - The Independent


"A German Band of Brothers!"Hollywood Reporter


Detailed Film Info

Valor, courage, and betrayal come to the fore in this remarkable epic that shows the everyday realities of wartime life from a deeply personal perspective. Billed as a German Band of Brothers, GENERATION WAR vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler. 

In Berlin in 1941, on the eve of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union, level-headed officer Wilhelm (Volker Bruch) is full of patriotic fervor as he heads for the eastern front with his sensitive younger brother Friedhelm (Tom Schilling). Charlotte (Miriam Stein) is a young nurse in love with Wilhelm who is serving in the Red Cross. Greta (Katherina Schüttler) is an ambitious singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, while her boyfriend Viktor (Ludwig Trepte) faces a daily struggle for survival as a Jew in an increasingly oppressive regime. 

These five exceptional young actors infuse their characters with the certainty of youth, which drains away with each successive month of war as the true horrors of the Third Reich are slowly revealed.  At nearly every moment, they are faced with choices between complicity and rebellion, self-preservation and self-sacrifice, blood on their hands and love in their hearts. 

Eight years in the making and filmed on over 150 sets across Germany, Lithuania and Latvia, GENERATION WAR insightfully reveals a country still grappling with how previous generations could have become so tragically misdirected. In Germany, the film has sparked a passionate discussion about personal responsibility and the legacy of guilt for Nazi atrocities. 

German critics have widely praised the film, with Der Spiegel calling GENERATION WAR a "turning point in German television" and national newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung describing it as "the first and last chance... to ask our grandparents about their true biographies, their immoral compromises...the missed chances to act.”

Theatrical running time: Part 1- 131 min., Part 2- 148 min.


Related Films

Lore
Lore Cate Shortland
North Face
North Face Philipp Stolzl
The Tower
The Tower Christian Schwochow

Trailer

Photos

Not Playing In Your City?

Demand It! Enter your Zip Code below.