‘From Hilde, With Love’: Liv Lisa Fries Talks Powerful And Timely Berlinale Competition Entry About Nazi Resistance Heroine; Watch First Footage
12.02.2024 - 14:33
SPOILER ALERT: The following interview reveals plot points.
EXCLUSIVE: Babylon Berlin star Liv Lisa Fries recently sat down with us to discuss powerful and timely Berlin Film Festival Competition entry From Hilde, With Love, which debuts at the festival this coming weekend.
Andreas Dresen’s affecting and pared back film, set in Berlin during the Second World War, charts the little known story of Hilde and Hans Coppi, a young couple who courageously become members of an anti-Nazi group known as The Red Orchestra (Die Rote Kapelle). The two spend a summer together until they get caught by the Gestapo and Hilde is imprisoned, eight months pregnant.
Fries gives a memorable performance as Hilde. In the above first footage from the movie, she and co-star Johannes Hegemmann discuss an act of resistance for the first time. Pandora Film produces from a script by Laila Stieler. Beta Film handles sales.
Director Dresen describes the film as “a modern drama set in a difficult time, plain and straightforward, joyful and strong, renouncing heavy music, opulent production design or costumes. Die Rote Kapelle was a loose network of several Berlin-based resistance movements, more than 150 opponents to the Nazi Regime, mainly women, all coming from different social backgrounds and adherents of different ideologies. One of them was Hilde Coppi. A prison guard noted in her file, ‘Tender, fine, brave. Completely selfless. No hate. A touching personality. Never counted on human mercy. Never regretted.’”
The drama comes at a time when Germany is contending with the rise of another far-right movement, the AfD (Alternative For Germany). The group, currently polling second in the country, has been the subject of mass protests, and the
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