Vienna, Feb 27: The new film "3096 Tage" (3,096 Days) tells the story of the kidnapping and eight years in captivity of Natascha Kampusch in Austria.
The film, based on the like-named autobiography, tells of a battle of wills - that of the kidnapper out to dominate, to tame, a 10-year-old girl, and that of Kampusch, which goes from childish rebellion to the sensuality of a teen forced to grow up very quickly.
"It was obvious that only one of us would survive. And in the end it was me. And not him." The phrase that begins the movie is the climax of this battle, which the film details without being over-dramatic but without hiding the violence Kampusch suffered.
The kidnapping March 2,1998, of the 10-year-old on her way home from school began one of the most notorious police cases and news stories of the last decade.
Wolfgang Priklopil, an unemployed telecommunications technician, kidnapped the girl and locked her up in a tiny underground cell hidden under a trapdoor beneath his garage.
Eight years later, an emaciated young girl burst into the garden of a house outside Vienna and announced who she was and that she had managed to escape. Her captor committed suicide that same day.
The film that premiered Tuesday has Britain's Antonia Campbell-Hughes in the leading role playing Kampusch.