Spoiler alert: The following interview reveals plot points.
Unique, babylon berlin Star Liv Lisa Fries recently sat down with us to discuss her powerful and timely Berlin Film Festival competition entry From Hilde, with loveWhich will debut at the festival this upcoming weekend.
Andreas Dressen’s impressive and low-key film, set in Berlin during World War II, presents the little-known story of Hilde and Hans Coppi, a young couple who courageously join the Nazis known as The Red Orchestra (Die Rote Kapelle). Becomes a member of the opposing group. , The two spend the summer together until they are caught by the Gestapo and Hilde, eight months pregnant, is thrown in prison.
Fries gives a memorable performance as Hilde. In the first footage from the film above, he and co-star Johannes Hagemann discuss an act of resistance for the first time. The film Pandora is produced from a screenplay by Laila Steiler. Beta Film handles sales.
Director Dressen described the film as “a modern drama based on difficult times, plain and simple, joyful and strong, eschewing heavy music, lavish production design or costumes”. Die Rote Kapelle was a loose network of several Berlin-based resistance movements, consisting of over 150 opponents of the Nazi regime, predominantly women, all coming from different social backgrounds and adherents of various ideologies. One of them was Hilde Coppi. A prison guard wrote in his file, ‘Gentle, nice, brave. Completely selfless. no hate. A touching personality. Never trusted human kindness. Never had any regrets.”
The drama comes as Germany grapples with the rise of another far-right movement, the AfD (Alternative for Germany). The group, which currently ranks second in the country, has been the subject of mass protests, and an invitation to its members to the festival’s opening ceremony sparked a significant backlash against organizers, who were forced to rescind the invitation last week. Went away for.
When we asked director Dressen for these thoughts on the rise of the AfD, he told us: “Our film is the answer to the situation”.
Meanwhile, Hilde and Hans Coppi’s son, Hans Coppi Jr., who appears briefly in the film, is a historian who has dedicated his life to preserving his parents’ memory and highlighting the dangers of extremist movements. . The 81-year-old was recently a signatory to a pro-democracy open letter titled ‘Learn from History’, which was signed by more than 280 descendants of resistance fighters during the Nazi era.
deadline: Liv, why did you want to tell this story?
Liv Lisa Fries:For me, I was particularly interested in the emotions and feelings behind this story, which are transportive. I respond to the emotions of the pieces more than the narrative. I was interested in many of the questions raised in the film, such as ‘When is resistance justified?’ I was also impressed by the depth of Hilde’s love for Hans Coppi.
There were very intense moments during production, as it was based on real events. For example, when I was holding the letter from Hitler rejecting Hilde’s petition for clemency before her death, it was the original letter that I had.
i’m really interested in movies like hunger, dancer in the Dark And breaking the waves, they are existential and those that push moral buttons…. Basically movies about ‘really heavy shit’. I remember being impressed for days after watching breaking the waves, I felt the same way when I was reading the script. hilde, It’s important to go to an existential place from time to time where we think about our humanity.
The topic is also somewhat controversial. Hilde decides to protest, putting her child in danger of being left alone. But we can’t know what it feels like to be in his shoes.
I definitely saw a lot of heart in Hilde. It also reminded me of my grandmother who spent a lot of time taking care of my grandfather. I remember how dutiful she was because of her love. This is something that Hilde realized…I found out a little bit about Hans Coppi Jr. He is dedicated to his parents’ story. But he is also shocked by becoming orphan at such a young age.
deadline, Hans Coppi Jr.’s voiceover at the end of the film was very touching. Like the movie, that moment was by no means gratuitous. It wasn’t explicitly emotional or based on that, but it was short and concise and powerful for…
Fries:It’s very dynamic. It’s very emotional when you see them in real life…
deadline, How did you come to this project?
Fries:Andreas [Dresen] asked me. We met. I was studying contemporary dance at the time so couldn’t commit immediately. I didn’t want to go away from him but then time became free and he asked me to do a reading for him. I actually liked the idea because it gave me an idea of how we would work together. I was already interested in his films.
deadline, Do you know the story?
Fries: I did not do it.
deadline, and dDo you have any family experiences to call upon during your research?
Fries: No, i did not do it. Nothing in particular that could help me…here’s to time spent in school and a lot of movies. I feel great sadness and impact from this. I didn’t want to delve too deeply into it at first. I find it very difficult to understand the hard right mentality. This worries me.
deadline, How timely is this story given the current rise of the far right in Germany?
FreeS: Yes, it definitely is and unfortunately. Also, each era is unique and the contexts are also very different.
deadline:When I go to Berlin I hope to see one or two small monuments to Hilde and Hans in the city…
Fries: Yes you should. I did that. I went to where she worked. Of course it’s different today but to enter the room where she was is very powerful. A bit like driving a cab for De Niro Taxi driver, You get a certain energy and a certain intuition. It’s a way of trying to experience other perspectives.
deadline, What’s next for you?
Fries: I shot the film Freud’s last session With Anthony Hopkins, in which he played Sigmund Freud and I played his daughter Anna Freud. He is currently on release. I am also in an upcoming series called kafkaAbout the author, in which I play Czech woman Milena Jesenska, one of his lovers.
I don’t think it’s a secret but we’re going to shoot the last season later this year babylon berlin, It is still in the financing process but they are writing. Money is a question mark but my schedule is to shoot it later this year.
I’m also very excited to see how people react to it hilde, ten years ago Zurich I played a woman suffering from cystic fibrosis who goes to Switzerland for euthanasia. That was also an incredibly emotional journey. You can’t do those projects all the time.
I’m currently working on a writing project myself, which is more poetic, there is no script as such. And I have an audio project, I’m working on that too.
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