With the tide turning in favor of the Allied Forces, leaders of the Third Reich hope that a rousing speech from Hitler (Helge Schneider) can spark a resurgence of confidence for the German people. One problem: The Führer’s too depressed to deliver. The solution: a little coaching from Goebbels’s (Sylvester Groth) former acting teacher, a Jew by the name of Adolf Grunbaum (Ulrich Mühe). Adriana Altaras also stars in this wry comedy from Dani Levy.
Dani Levy was born in Basel (Switzerland) on November 17th 1957. After graduating from school, the son of an emigrated German-Jewish family had his first stage experiences working as a clown and acrobat in the Basilisk Circus and though he lacked formal training, he was cast as an actor for the Basel theatre and – following a stint in the USA – for the Rote Grütze theatre in Berlin.
In 1984, he gained prominence as a TV actor in the Swiss series “Motel”, playing the kitchen aid Peperoni. Two years later, he made his directorial debut with “Du mich auch”, which he scripted together with his real-life partner Anja Franke. Levy and Franke also played the leads in the romantic comedy, which was co-directed by Franke and Helmut Berger. The low-budget production turned into a surprise festival hit and was chosen for the “Semaine de la Critique” at the Cannes International Film Festival.
1986 saw the release of Levy’s second feature “RobbyKallePaul”, in which he starred alongside… read more