Netflix has dropped the first teaser for Completely quiet on the west front, its upcoming war drama based on Eric Maria Remarque’s bestselling classic novel of the same name. This is actually the first time that the novel has been adapted into a German film.
“There is one feeling that will be with us all our lives: the feeling of the legacy of two wars,” director Edward Berger said in a statement (via Tudum). “Our view of war is dominated by grief and shame, by destruction and guilt. Nothing positive remains, not the slightest spark of heroism. I found it a great challenge to make our history, our background and our attitude towards war the driving force behind a film. And I thought that this very specific German perspective might also be interesting to people in other countries. Especially at the moment.”
The video gives us our first look at the harrowing tale of young German soldiers facing the reality of war and its tragic consequences. It is scheduled to debut on October 28.
Completely quiet on the west front is written and directed by Edward Berger. The film stars Albrecht Schuch as Stanislaus Katczinsky, Aaron Hilmer as Paul’s mentor, Moritz Klaus, Edin Hasanovic, Adrian Grünewald, Thibault de Montalembert, Devid Striesow and Daniel Brühl.
“The film tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front during the First World War,” reads the synopsis. “Paul and his comrades experience firsthand how the initial euphoria of war turns to desperation and fear as they fight for their lives and each other in the trenches.”
Completely quiet on the west front is produced by Berger, Malte Grunert, Daniel Dreifuss, Lesley Paterson and Ian Stokell.