Carlos (Parts 1 & 2)

Ilich Ramírez Sánchez (Edgar Ramírez), an activist of Venezuelan origin who fought alongside the Palestinians in Jordan, carries out a series of attacks in London. He then moves to Paris, where the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) puts him in charge of its European branch under the command of a Lebanese militant, Michel Moukharbal, alias “André” (Fadi Abi Samra). Ilich coordinates several operations, in particular the hostage taking in the French Embassy in The Hague by militants of the Japanese Red Army. When André is arrested, French agents of the domestic intelligence service, the DST, want to know more about Ilich, who has by now adopted the nom de guerre “Carlos.” To escape arrest, Carlos shoots three policemen. He then joins the head of the PFLP, Wadie Haddad (Ahmad Kaabour), in southern Yemen. Haddad entrusts Carlos with a daring mission – taking hostage the oil minister of the OPEC countries at their forthcoming conference in Vienna. The majority of this second episode is devoted to a detailed account of the operation that remains one of the most spectacular terrorist acts of the period. Leading a group of six militants – leftists from German Revolutionary Cells and Palestinian militants, including Anis Naccache (Rodney El-Haddad) – Carlos seizes control of the OPEC headquarters, taking ministers and accompanying delegates hostage. He is at the height of his notoriety in the media. However, by finally releasing the ministers at Algiers airport in exchange for a large ransom, he fails the mission that Haddad had given him. This marks the end of relations between the two men. From now on, Carlos becomes a mercenary-for-hire to whichever country offers the most. First Iraq, then Syria. He switches operations to behind the Iron Curtain, moving between Budapest and East Berlin under the protection of the Stasi. He works with the remnants of the Revolutionary Cells, in particular Johannes Weinrich (Alexander Scheer) and his wife Magdalena Kopp (Nora Von Waldstatten), who soon leaves Weinrich for Carlos.


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