One of the most anticipated films of 2014 is Volker Schlondorff’s new take on the Swedish consul’s World War II diplomacy that saved the City of Lights. It premiered today at the 64th annual Berlin International Film Festival:
On Tuesday, another World War II-era film, “Diplomacy,” by the German director Volker Schlöndorff, will debut here. Set in 1944, it explores how the Swedish consul general in Paris, Raoul Nordling, helped persuade the Nazi military governor of Paris, Dietrich von Choltitz, not to obey Hitler’s orders to destroy the historic city should it fall into enemy hands.
Mr. Schlöndorff said that today was a perfect time for Europe to re-examine the power of diplomacy.
“At a moment when Europe is questioning a lot of anti-Europe sentiment and demagogy, just imagine if we Germans had blown up Paris and destroyed it in the same way as Warsaw, if there ever would have been the possibility of a reconciliation within Europe,” he said.