The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW is in­volved in three elaborate film productions dealing with German contemporary history – and all three were shot in North Rhine-Westphalia. THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER (director: Lars Kraume), which was shot in Cologne and Düsseldorf, portrays the life of the Attorney General Fritz Bauer and his role in the investigation of Nazi war crimes. zero one produced the film together with Terz Film, WDR, HR and ARTE, with Burghart Klaußner, Ronald Zehrfeld and Lilith Stangenberg in the leading roles. Hans Steinbichler’s adaptation of ANNE FRANK is the first German film about the life of the young woman who hid from the Nazis with her family in Amsterdam. Zeitsprung Pictures and Spektrum Pictures are pro­ducing together with Universal Pictures and shooting in Cologne as well as other loca­tions. In FOG IN AUGUST, director Kai Wessel approaches the subject of euthanasia during the Third Reich with the story of Ernst Lossa (14) who gets caught up in the wheels of National Socialist race ideology in 1942. The film, shooting in Warstein, is being produced by Collina Filmproduktion, with Sebastian Koch, Fritzi Haberlandt, and Titus Pünder in the leading roles.

On the set of FRITZ BAUER in NRW (photo © zero one film)