Napola

(Before the Fall)

Release
2004
Genre
drama, sport, war
Country
Germany
Production company
Olga Film Production
Producer
Viola Jäger, Harald Kügler, Molly von Fürstenberg,
Director
Dennis Gansel
Cast
Max Riemelt, Tom Schilling, Devid Strisow

Napola

© Constantin Film

Storyline
In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls, seeing this as his ticket out of factory life to university and a good salary. During his year in seventh column (fifth form), this innocence is altered as Friedrich encounters hazing, cruelty, death, and the Nazi code. His friendship with Albrecht, the ascetic son of the area's governor, is central to this education; a night in the forest hunting for escaped Russian POWs brings things to a head.
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Filming dates
2003
Locations
Bouzov castle, Prague