Giulio Ricciarelli’s directorial debut “Labyrinth of Lies,” based on the true story of a young lawyer fighting to bring Nazi war crimes to trial after World War II, is Germany’s official selection for the 2015 foreign Oscar, beating out seven other buzzy titles including “13 Minutes” and one-shot wonder “Victoria.” Sony Pictures Classics releases the film–which screened at TIFF 2014 and boasts a riveting trailer, below– stateside on September 30. As usual, SPC will have several candidates fighting for the five final foreign Oscar slots, among them Hungary’s Cannes-winning holocaust drama “Son of Saul.”
In Germany, producers submit films for consideration as the German entry for Oscars. The official submission is chosen by an annually appointed selection committee of independent representatives from nine associations and institutions. German Films, the responsible umbrella organization, does not participate in the selection committee.
Meanwhile, yesterday Kazakhstan selected Yermek Tursunov’s sixth feature, “Stranger,” which has its world premiere in Toronto International Film Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema section. Tursunov was shortlisted for Best Foreign Film in 2010 with his film “Kelin,” a dialog-less drama about the abduction of a young nomad woman.
Watch the exclusive trailer below.
With “Stranger,” Tursunov continues exploring the lives of Kazakh nomads. Ilyas (Yerzhan Nurymbet, above) survived the famine of the 30s, Stalinist deportation and World War II by hiding in a cave and living off the land, but now tries to connect with the Soviet era villagers. Produced by Kanat Torebay for Tursunov Film, “Stranger” was written by Tursunov while studying at Moscow’s leading film school VGIK. Tursunov Film is handling world sales.