Too often-forgotten and yet a key historical period in post-WW2, that began in 1958 was the revelation of the German crimes for the first time to its own
“Labyrinth of Lies” is based upon true events and tells the tale of Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling, “Inglourious Basterds”) a young, principled
prosecutor who investigates a massive conspiracy to cover up the Nazi pasts of “very normal Germans” who had actively facilitated the Final Solution at
Auschwitz, but remained unpunished, and ignored, long after the war ended. The five-year investigation led to the 1963-1965 Frankfurt Auschwitz trials.
August 19, 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the verdict.
A hit in France and Germany, and a selection of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Beta has sold the film widely:
Argentina-Cdi Films, Australia-Madman Entertai, Brazil –Mares Filmes Lt, Canada –Métropole Films, Canada-Mongrel Media, France-Universcine, France-Sophie Dulac Di, Germany-Universal Pictu, Israel-Nachshon Films, Italy-Good Films Srl, Japan-At Entertainmen, Poland-Aurora Films, Portugal-Films4you, Taiwan-Swallow Wings F, Turkey- Fabula Films
“Labyrinth of Lies” casts light on how, despite the infamy of the Nuremberg trials, much of post-war Germany denied its war crimes. Crisply
photographed, and propelled by sterling performances from Fehling, Szymanski and Krisch, the film parallels personal drama with issues of a national scale,
and raises still-relevant questions about war, and how history is ultimately written.
From the first frame, the film demands attention. At times, a bit hackneyed with some heavy-handed musical cues toward “emotional” moments, and at times a
bit too long, however the subject matter and the attractive stars are very engrossing. One wants to see how the action will unfold and is willing to forgive the
overly melodramatic moments. This is the German submission for the Academy Award out of eight which were considered.
Director Giulio Ricciarelli was born in Milan, and has acted in numerous German films and television programs. “Labyrinth of Lies” is his feature film
directorial debut. German film and stage actor Alexander Fehling, best known to U.S. audiences for his role as Staff Sgt. Wilhelm in Quentin Tarantino’s
“Inglorious Basterds”, was awarded The Shooting Star Award at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. He will next be seen in the new season
of “Homeland” as Carrie (Claire Danes)’s new love interest, and has been cast as Friedrich Engels in Raoul Peck’s “The Young Karl Marx”.
Sony Pictures Classics will release “Labyrinth of Lies”, Giulio
Ricciarelli’s feature film debut, Wednesday,
September 30 in New York and Los Angeles.
Directed by Giulio Ricciarelli. Written by Elisabeth Bartel and Giulio Ricciarelli. Cinematography by Martin Langer, Roman Osin. Starring Alexander
Fehling, André Szymanski, Friederike Becht, Johannes Krisch, Hansi Jochmann, Johann von Bulow, Robert Hunger-Buhler, Lukas Miko and Gert Voss.
121 Minutes. In German with English Subtitles.