The Captain

Der Hauptmann


Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 12:15pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Based on the arresting true story of the “Executioner of Emsland,” “The Captain” follows a German army deserter, Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), after he finds an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and begins to dispense harsh justice. Increasingly intoxicated by his unquestioned authority, this enigmatic imposter discovers that many people will blindly follow the leader, whomever that happens to be. Simultaneously a historical docudrama and sociological examination with undertones of the absurd, “The Captain” presents fascism as a game to be played on the gullible by the unscrupulous. The Times of London describes “The Captain” as “a vision of Hell in black and white and wearing jackboots” and calls it “a profoundly disturbing film.”

118 min.

Directed by

Robert Schwentke



Film Category

International Spotlight




Biopic Historical Drama