Look Who's Back (film)
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|Look Who's Back|
|Directed by||David Wnendt|
|Based on||Look Who's Back|
by Timur Vermes
|Edited by||Hans Funck|
|Music by||Enis Rotthoff|
|Distributed by||Constantin Film|
|Box office||$25.5 million|
Look Who's Back (German: Er ist wieder da, pronounced [ˈeːɐ̯ ʔɪst ˈviːdɐ daː]; transl. "He's back again/He is again there") is a 2015 German satirical black comedy film directed by David Wnendt and based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Timur Vermes. The film features unscripted vignettes of Oliver Masucci as Adolf Hitler interacting with ordinary Germans, interspersed with scripted storyline sequences. It was listed as one of eight films that could be the German submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, but it was not selected.
In Berlin, in 2014, Adolf Hitler wakes up in the park where his Führerbunker once stood. Disoriented, he wanders through the city, interpreting modern situations from a wartime perspective. Mistaken for an impersonator, Hitler encounters a mime and a terrified young mother who pepper-sprays him. He faints after reading a newspaper stating the year is 2014.
Meanwhile, Fabian Sawatzki, a filmmaker recently fired from MyTV, spots Hitler in the background of his documentary footage. Hoping to regain his job, Sawatzki embarks on a search for Hitler. As Hitler wakes up at a newspaper kiosk, he reads about a changed Germany and laments the loss of his vision. Believing destiny has a purpose for him, Hitler decides to continue his work.
Sawatzki proposes filming Hitler for YouTube and they embark on a journey across Germany. Hitler interacts with ordinary Germans, promising to solve their problems, while also expressing disdain for those he dislikes. Sawatzki's idea for an animal-centric film clip ends abruptly when Hitler shoots a dog, leading to outrage. Nonetheless, their videos gain millions of views as they return to Berlin.
Sawatzki introduces Hitler and his program idea to MyTV executives, including the new chairman, Katja Bellini. Hitler learns about the Internet and prepares to reenter politics. On air, he presents his old plans for an ethnically homogeneous state, unintentionally becoming a comedy hit. However, when unedited footage of Hitler shooting the dog is broadcast, their careers are ruined, and Christoph Sensenbrink, the executive responsible, is promoted.
With the help of Bellini and Sawatzki, Hitler publishes a bestselling book titled "Er Ist Wieder Da" about his new life. Sawatzki turns the book into a film, but without Hitler, MyTV's ratings plummet. In a fit of rage, Sensenbrink rehires Hitler to save the network.
During filming, Hitler is attacked by Neo-Nazis who mistake him for a mocking impersonator. Hospitalized, the news generates sympathy, and Hitler's popularity soars. Sawatzki reviews his footage and realizes the Hitler he encountered was the real person. He confronts Hitler on a rooftop, but it is revealed to be a film scene, and Sawatzki is committed to a mental hospital.
As Hitler's film finishes, he senses a political comeback. More popular than ever, he sees hope in nationalist Germans for his return to power. The film ends with Hitler's voice-over, "I can work with this," as he and Bellini ride in a car amidst images of nationalist demonstrations.
- Oliver Masucci as Adolf Hitler
- Fabian Busch as Fabian Sawatzki
- Katja Riemann as Katja Bellini
- Christoph Maria Herbst as Christoph Sensenbrink
- Franziska Wulf as Franziska Krömeier
- Michael Kessler as Michael Witzigmann
- Thomas Thieme as Kärrner, TV-station boss
- Michael Ostrowski as Rico Mancello
- Lars Rudolph as kiosk owner
- Ramona Kunze-Libnow as Sawatzki's mother
- Gudrun Ritter as Grandma Krömeier
- Stephan Grossmann as Prosecutor Göttlicher
As themselves in cameos (German TV and internet personalities): Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, Joko Winterscheidt, Frank Plasberg, Daniel Aminati, Jörg Thadeusz, Roberto Blanco, Micaela Schäfer, Dagi Bee, Freshtorge, Robert Hofmann, Joyce Ilg, Andrea Nahles, Nina Proll
The film was a box office success, reaching number one in Germany in its third week of release.
The film was remade in Italy as Sono tornato (I'm Back). The plot closely follows the German film except that it is Benito Mussolini rather than Hitler who magically reappears in the 21st century.
- The 1980 Spanish satirical film And in the Third Year, He Rose Again explores the resurrection of dictator Francisco Franco in 1978 during the Spanish transition to democracy.
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- 2015 films
- 2015 comedy films
- 2010s comedy road movies
- 2010s political comedy films
- 2010s satirical films
- Films about Adolf Hitler
- Films about time travel
- Films based on German novels
- Films based on science fiction novels
- Films set in 2014
- Films set in Berlin
- Films shot in Berlin
- German comedy road movies
- 2010s German-language films
- German political satire films
- Films directed by David Wnendt
- 2010s German films
- Films set in bunkers