Vitagraph Films has acquired all US rights from Constantin Film to Uli Edel’s German foreign language Oscar nominee The Baader-Meinhof Complex.

The account of the German group Red Army Faction that formed in the late 1960s and used terror tactics to protest against capitalism was Constantin’s biggest box office hit in Germany in 2008.

Vitagraph plans an August release in 18 of the top 20 markets and president David Shultz said this was “an interesting time for audiences to take a look at a previous generation of terrorism” in the wake of 9/11.

Bernd Eichinger adapted the screenplay from Stefan Aust’s non-fiction book Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex and produced the film. Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek and Bruno Ganz star.

“We are pleased that an American audience will now be able to see this exceptional film in theatres,” Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz said. “David Shultz and Margot Gerber have shown a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and Constantin Film is proud to be in business with Vitagraph Films.”

Vitagraph is currently distributing The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh, Tokyo! and Valentino The Last Emperor.