Germany’s hottest film ticket? A comedy about Space Nazis
The hottest ticket at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival is a film that is both highly improbable and would’ve been unthinkable to film just a decade ago – a comedy about Moon-dwelling Nazis.
Titled ‘Iron Sky‘, the film received its world premiere at the currently ongoing festival last Saturday night after selling out within one hour and is seen a notable step in the German film industry’s ability to deal with its past.
Ludicrous as it sounds, the film centres on a colony of Nazis that have been living on the dark side of the moon. Their mission? To reclaim the Earth as revenge for the Nazi defeat in WWII. And people say the Germans don’t have a sense of humour?
The film – whose slogan reads ‘The Space Hun is coming’ – goes on general release later this summer and features a Sarah Palin-inspired US president, a space fortress shaped like a swastika and even a Hitler salute, the latter of which is a criminal offence in Germany and Austria.
“It is not only a satire, it is very much an anti-Nazi film,” lead actress Julia Dietze told German daily Bild. “I asked many of my Jewish friends if I should take the role and they said yes.”
Take a look at the film’s official trailer above and let us know if you can scarcely believe your eyes by leaving a comment below.