Bernd Eichinger's ambitious production of Uli Edel's Der Baader Meinhof Komplex has begun principal photography in Berlin and will continue shooting later at locations in Munich and Morocco before wrapping at the end of November.

This weekend, the adaptation of Stefan Aust's standard work on the Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorism group in Germany from 1967 to 1977 will be shooting a re-enactment of the student demonstration against the visit of the Shah of Iran on June 2, 1967, to the Deutsche Oper (German Opera) in West Berlin's Bismarckstrasse. During the demonstration, a German student Benno Ohnesorg was shot in the head by a police officer in the nearby Krumme Strasse, and his death became a rallying for the West German New Left and inspired the creation of subsequent terrorist groups.

Edel's film, which stars Moritz Bleibtreu as Andreas Baader and Martina Gedeck as Ulrike Meinhof, includes a 'who's who' of internationally known German actors including Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Nadja Uhl, Hannah Herzsprung, Jasmin Tabatabai, Heino Ferch and Jan Josef Liefers.

The production - which will also include a two-part TV mini series for public broadcaster ARD - has been backed by FFF Bayern, Bavarian Bank Fund, the German Federal Film Board (FFA), the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Constantin Film will release the film theatrically in Germany in autumn 2008.