The German Hitler-Comedy “Er ist wieder da” (English title – “Look Who’s Back”) premiered this Thursday in 400 German Cinemas and drew 360.000 people throughout the country to the big screen. The film is based on the bestselling German satirical novel about Adolf Hitler waking up in 2011’s Berlin (with no memory of anything that happened after 1945) by Timur Vermes, published in 2012.
The film’s director David Wnendt said at the premiere in Berlin on Thursday October 8 in Berlin that he was inspired by films like Sasha Baron Cohen’s “Borat”, whom he calls “the agent provocateur, who entices people to say things they really think”, as well as Bertolt Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”, about which he says “shows how (Hitler’s) rise would not have been possible without normal German people”
The film didn’t make it to the top of the weekend’s box office charts. Pixar’s “Inside Out” (translated as “Alles steht Kopf”) remained at the top of the charts with 530.000 sold tickets, followed by “Er ist wieder da” and Matt Damon starring “Martian” (300.000).