Angel Studios, behind the series The Chosen, has announced that it has acquired the rights to a film about Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Expected in November 2024 in the United States, this feature film will explore the life of the German Protestant pastor, fierce resistance to Nazism.
“Never in history have we needed to remember Bonhoeffer's life more than today,” said Jordan Harmon, president of Angel Studios, in the columns ofEvangelical Focus.
Angel Studios, known for producing the series on the life of Jesus The Chosen and the film sound of freedom, announced the release in November 2024 of a film on the life of the German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A feature film written and directed by Todd Komarnicki which will be soberly titled “Bonhoeffer”.
Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer is known for his fight against Nazism during World War II. He is also famous for having written several works including The Price of Grace or even Community life.
Born in Germany in 1906, he became a pastor at the age of 25. Hitler's rise to power just two years later marked a turning point in his career, as he did not hesitate to denounce the Führer's actions. Frustrated by the reluctance of church leaders to oppose Hitler's anti-Semitism, Bonhoeffer created the Confessing Church alongside Martin Niemoller and Karl Barth. Forced into hiding, he secretly taught students at the Confessing Church seminary for several years. In January 1943, he was arrested and imprisoned but with the help of the guards in charge of monitoring him, he continued to teach and managed to pass on some of his texts, until his transfer to a concentration camp. Sentenced to death, the pastor was hanged in April 1945, a month before Germany's surrender.
The film, currently in production, tells the story of this man "determined to live his life with uncompromising political and spiritual courage while choosing to reside in Berlin under the Third Reich."
No release date in France has yet been announced, but you can discover the trailer in English below:
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