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A murder. A murderer. No motive. A young lawyer. A spectacular murder case. A legal scandal stretching back to Nazi Germany.

For over 30 years, Fabrizio Collini has worked diligently for a German carmaker before going and killing a man, seemingly on a whim. It's a nightmare for lawyer Caspar Leinen, who takes over his case as a court-assigned lawyer: The victim, respected industrialist Jean-Baptiste Meyer, was Leinen's long-time friend and mentor and is the grandfather of his high-school sweetheart Johanna. Everything in this spectacular case seems to be working against the inexperienced lawyer: Caspar is personally involved, has a client who won't talk to him, and an opponent who seems far superior in legendary prosecutor Professor Richard Mattinger. When he decides to tackle the case anyway, he starts uncovering one of the greatest legal scandals ever, stretching back to World War II. But how much is he willing to sacrifice to expose the truth?

Courtroom drama meets political thriller in this outstanding adaptation of the international bestselling novel by Ferdinand von Schirach (Crime,Guilt). Elyas M’Barek (SUCK ME SHAKESPEER, THIS CRAZY HEART), Alexandra Maria Lara (THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, CONTROL, RUSH) and Franco Nero (CAMELOT, DJANGO UNCHAINED, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2) star in the lead roles. Marco Kreuzpaintner (TRADE, BEAT, SUMMERSTORM) directs the explosive, spellbinding murder trial masterfully, testing the bounds between morality and justice.

Marco Kreuzpaintner was born in Rosenheim in 1977. After studying Art History, he worked as an assistant to Edgar Reitz and Peter Lilienthal. Also active as a writer, his films include: BREAKING LOOSE (2003), SUMMER STORM (2004), TRADE (2007), KRABAT (2008), COMING IN (2014), the series BEAT (2018), and THE COLLINI CASE (2019).
Genre Drama, History, Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2019
Director Marco Kreuzpaintner
Screenplay Christian Zübert, Robert Gold, Jens-Frederik Otto
Cinematography Jakub Bejnarowicz
Cast Elyas M'Barek, Franco Nero, Alexandra Maria Lara, Heiner Lauterbach, Pia Stutzenstein, Jannis Niewöhner, Rainer Bock, Peter Prager
Producers Christoph Müller, Kerstin Schmidbauer, Marcel Hartges, Martin Moszkowicz
Co-Producer Stefan Gärtner
Production Company Constantin Film Produktion, in co-production with SevenPictures Film
Length 124 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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