Downfall – Hitler’s Final Days
Screening of Downfall (Der Untergang) (15)
Friday 28 June
Doors open at 6:30 pm, the film starts at 7:30 pm
At The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre, Hoyle Road, Hoylake
Licensed bar; homemade snacks and soup available
Tickets cost £5, available online at www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk;
From Urbane, Market Street, Hoylake; Staacks, Banks Road, West Kirby; The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre, Hoyle Road; or on the door on the night
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator’s final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. In April 1945 Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. Downfall explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Führer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler himself degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender.
In 2005 the film won the British Independent Film Award, and in the same year was also nominated for an Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.
Tickets for Downfall cost £5 and are available from gift shop Urbane, Market Street, Hoylake; Staacks, Banks Road, West Kirby; The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre; on the door on the night; and online at www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk. Doors open at 6.30 pm; the film starts at 7.30 pm. There is a licensed bar selling homemade snacks and soup. Hoylake Community Centre has full disabled access and is induction loop enabled for the hard of hearing.