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Daniel Bruhl: 'Europe is in danger of being poisoned'

Daniel Bruhl: 'Europe is in danger of being poisoned'

Actor Daniel Bruhl is concerned a "rising racist and fascist attitude" is overtaking parts of Europe.

The 37-year-old German actor is currently promoting his new movie Alone in Berlin - a World War II feature based on author Hans Fallada's fictionalised 1947 novel, Every Man Dies Alone, about a real-life couple who resisted the Nazis through unusual means after their son died on the battlefield.

A flood of refugees from Syria have been attempting to seek asylum in European countries and Bruhl admits he is disturbed by how some members of the populace are reacting to the crisis.

"We have to be very alert that we are not poisoned by all those people and their rising racist and fascist attitude," he said during a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival on Monday (15Feb16), according to The Hollywood Reporter. "This disease is not yet extinguished. That's why it's important to have this film dealing with this courageous couple in the 1930s and 1940s, who fought against the Nazi regime."

Bruhl stars in the historical drama with British actress Emma Thompson, who echoes her cast mate's concern on the danger of a new wave of racism emerging in Europe.

She believes it is important to infuse compassion into discourse surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis.

"The sense of people turning their backs on people who need help, of not being able to see the truth, not being able to say what you feel, is very current at the moment," Emma stressed.

Alone in Berlin, directed by Vincent Perez, is currently in the running for the prestigious Golden Bear award at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.

- Cover Media