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<i>Sophie Scholl – The Final Days</i>

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The true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine is brought to thrilling life in the multi-award winning drama SOPHIE SCHOLL-THE FINAL DAYS. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film of 2005, SOPHIE SCHOLL stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the young coed-turned-fearless activist. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a heart-stopping journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence.

In 1943, as Hitler continues to wage war across Europe, a group of college students mount an underground resistance movement in Munich. Dedicated expressly to the downfall of the monolithic Third Reich war machine, they call themselves the White Rose. One of its few female members, Sophie Scholl is captured during a dangerous mission to distribute pamphlets on campus with her brother Hans. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to the White Rose, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless.

SOPHIE SCHOLL-THE FINAL DAYS received three Lolas (German Oscars) including the Audience Award and Best Actress Award to Jentsch for her brilliant characterization of the title role. The film also won two Silver Bears for Best Director and Best Actress at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival.

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ACADEMY AWARDS

Nomination - Best Foreign Language Film

EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

Best European Actress - Julia Jentsch
Jameson People's Choice Awards: Best Director
Jameson People's Choice Awards: Best Actress

GERMAN FILM AWARDS ("THE LOLAS")

Best Feature Film
Best Actress in a Leading Role - Julia Jentsch
Audience Award - Best Film of 2005
Nomination for Best Screenplay
Nomination for Best Cinematography

55TH BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Silver Bear for Best Director - Marc Rothemund
Silver Bear for Best Actress - Julia Jentsch
Audience Award - Runner-Up Best Film of 2005
Film Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

13TH HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

REVIEWS

"As befits a film about a woman who took much of her strength from religious conviction, Jentsch's performance seems to be lit from within. This role has so taken hold of the actress that we feel we're seeing Scholl's spirit come to life again. To take a character that idealistic and make us believe she unquestionably existed is acting the way you want it to be."
- Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Powerful! Jentsch is a mesmerizing presence!"
- Jack Matthews, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

"A subtle, restrained performance! She [Jentsch] succeeds beyond all expectation!"
- Stuart Klawans, THE NATION

"Formidable!"
- Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL

"Startling veracity! an immediacy that no dramatist could hope to match!"
- Peter Rainer, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

"A gripping true story! Challenges you to gauge your own courage! Conveys what it must have been like to be a young, smart, idealistic dissenter in Nazi Germany, where no dissent was tolerated!"
- Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"A shattering experience fueled by Jentsch's electrifying performance! She captures the uncommon bravery as well as the very human fears of an 'ordinary' German girl who continued to hold out hope for her nation's soul throughout the Nazi nightmare."
- Ken Fox, TV GUIDE

"Gripping, moving!...Julia Jentsch gives a brilliantly nuanced performance as Sophie...a rare beacon of conscience in totalitarianism's dark night."
- Leslie Camhi, THE VILLAGE VOICE

"Riveting!...A heartbreaking yet stirring reminder of the perils, and glory, of courage. A magnetic lead performance by Julia Jentsch!"
- John Powers, VOGUE

"Moving!...an ace performance by 26 year old Julia Jentsch! A chilling authenticity derived by the script's use of actual Gestapo documents that had remained in East German archives until 1990!...Grippingly portrayed!..involving!...Jentsch is terrific!...(Alexander) Held is first-rate!"
- Derek Elley, VARIETY

"Harrowing! Heroic! Exhilarating! Inspiring! Riveting!"
- Kevin Crust, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"A remarkable tale of resistance to Hitler within Germany brought to full-blooded life! Compelling!...rock solid performances!...A dramatic assertion of human beings' desire for freedom no matter what the cost!"
- Kirk Honeycutt, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"I loved it! Shocking and compelling. It's early, but it could be one of the best films of 2006!"
- Jeffrey Lyons, NBC's REEL TALK

"Transfixing!...Touchingly portrayed by Julia Jentsch!"
- Karen Durbin, ELLE

"Shattering!"
- Tom Tugend, THE JEWISH JOURNAL

"The ultimate homage to the memory of these brave young people... The performances of Scholl and Mohr are full of life and very believable...The story has been respected in every way."
- L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO (Vatican newspaper)

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