The nightmarish saga of a gentle giant, Abel, a French prisoner of war in East Prussia, who is forced by evil circumstances into the task of recruiting young boys to be trained in the Nazi army, with or without their consent. Ordered by the inner sanctum of German leaders, who had redeemed him from his former imprisonment, Abel sets out daily from Hermann Goering’s hunting lodge, on horseback and accompanied by a pack of Dobermans, to kidnap youngsters from their homes. –Inbaseline
Volker Schlöndorff (born 31 March 1939 in Wiesbaden, Germany) is a Berlin-based German filmmaker.
He won an Oscar as well as the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival for The Tin Drum (1979), the film version of the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass.
Schlöndorff has adapted many literary works for his movies, including some critically well-received US productions, but he is also engaged in post-war German politics. He served as the chief executive for the UFA studio in Babelsberg. Volker Schlöndorff also teaches film and literature at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he conducts an Intensive Summer Seminar.
He was married to fellow film director Margarethe von Trotta from 1971 to 1991. —Wikipedia