Released last year, the Oscar-nominated Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
recalls the dark days of Nazi Germany in a fresh and disturbing new way -- through the ordeal of an intelligent, idealistic university student (Julia Jentsch) who challenges the regime by distributing anti-Nazi leaflets in a classroom building. In February 1943, in Munich, she is caught and undergoes a harrowing interrogation by a smug and provincial police official (Alexander Held) whom she eventually bests through the sheer moral force of her arguments. But Hitler's injustice knows no limits, and the final moment of Marc Rothemund's drama, a cry of the heart based on records recently released from the files of the East German secret police, is one of the most shocking things you'll ever witness in a movie theater.
Sophie Scholl screens at 7 p.m. Friday, September 15, as part of the University of Colorado's International Film Series. The showing takes place in Muenzinger Auditorium, on the Boulder campus. For more information, call 303-492-1531.