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Daniel Brühl – Im Westen nichts Neues / All Quiet on the Western Front #ZFF2022

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Daniel Brühl on how to depict war on screen nowadays.

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PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Daniel Brühl, actor of the film Im Westen nichts Neues / All Quiet on the Western Front.

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How can cinema help us understand the absurdity of war? “We have to be persistent” answers Daniel Brühl among the protagonists of All Quiet on the Western front at the 18th Zurich Film Festival in the Gala Premieres’ section. The film is the first German adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s pacifist world bestseller and Brühl’s character, a real liberal politician, Matthias Erzberger has been added into the story,even though Remarque never wrote about him, as to anticipate what would have happened next, World War II.

Im Westen nichts Neues / All Quiet on the Western Front: Germany, World War I. A romanticised idea of heroism motivates the student Paul Bäumer to volunteer for the army at the age of 19. Full of patriotic zeal, he completes basic training before going to the Western Front with his comrades. In the trenches, however, it’s not long before Paul’s worldview is shattered and he is forced to experience first-hand how initial euphoria turns into fear and despair. With Im Westen nichts Neues, Edward Berger directs the first German film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s pacifist world bestseller. With a great ensemble cast including Daniel Brühl, Albrecht Schuch and Devid Striesow, the result is a gripping drama that impressively demonstrates the absurdity and brutality of war.

To discover more about the film, click here.

  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Daniel Brühl
  • Interviewee role
    Actor
  • Film title
    All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Festival section
    Gala Premieres
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