Following World War II, notorious SS officer and doctor Josef Mengele became one of the most wanted men on the planet. He evaded capture by Allied forces and made is way to South America where he forged a new life as a businessman and occasional physician, all while dodging various efforts to capture and bring him to justice. And in an era before the internet and worldwide broadcasting, Mengele managed to keep one step ahead. But the bigger question that faced those he interacted with was: would you know a monster if he stared you in the face?
Writer/director Lucía Puenzo tackles that question with “The German Doctor,” based on her own novel, which tells the story of an Argentinean family that takes in a German doctor to care for their young daughter. What they don’t know is that the physician is Mengele himself, meanwhile, Israeli agents are on the hunt for the war criminal. And as you’ll see in this exclusive, the German doctor seems to be continuing his medical experiments on his new, young patient.
Argentina’s Oscar Selection For Best Foreign Language Film last year, “The German Doctor” stars Alex Brendemühl, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti, Elena Roger and Guillermo Pfening, and opens in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco this Friday, April 25th. Watch below.