The German film LABYRINTH OF LIES (IM LABYRINTH DES SCHWEIGENS) by Giulio Ricciarelli (Claussen + Putz Filmproduktion, naked eye filmproduction) has made it onto the short list of the last nine films for the 88th Oscar® in the category for Best Foreign Language Feature Film. This has been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

The short list also includes the two German co-productions THE FENCER by Klaus Härö (FI/DE/EE, Kick Film) for Finland and MUSTANG by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (FR/DE/TR/QA, VISTAMAR Filmproduktion, Uhland Film) for France.

On 14 January 2016, the Academy will select five films from the short list’s nine titles to go forward to compete for the Oscar® in this category. A total of 81 countries submitted their films. The Oscar®- ceremony will be held on 28. February 2016 in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. 

LABYRINTH OF LIES was chosen as the German candidate for the Best Foreign Language Feature Film category in August 2015 by an independent expert jury appointed by German Films.

The first feature film by the director Giulio Ricciarelli has been successful at festivals and in cinemas around the globe since its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. In France, it has been one of the most successful German-language feature films of recent years with over 340,000 admissions. And it has taken over $ 737,000 since its theatrical release by Sony Pictures Classics in the USA on 30 September 2015. Beta Cinema is handling international sales.  

LABYRINTH OF LIES tells the story of the young public prosecutor Johann Radmann (played by Alexander Fehling), who, at the end of the 1950s, pursues an unconditional quest for the truth about the events in Auschwitz, preparing the ground against all kinds of political and social resistance for the first Auschwitz trial in Frankfurt.

All of the films on the short list and more information can be found here.

Contact: Nicole Kaufmann