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CULPABLE, THE (VERFEHLUNG)

"Someone is blackening our name! Shit sticks if there’s enough of it!" Catholic minister of a state penitentiary Jakob Voelz would be more than happy to believe this statement as his hieratical colleague and best friend Dominik Bertram is arrested under suspicion of sexual abuse. Yet, what Jakob is beginning to suspect but doesn't want to know, becomes a crucial test for his faith and his self-conception as a priest: There is a truth we welcome and there is a truth we fear, about which we tend to fall silent. As Jakob begins to turn against that silence within the church, he is taught a lesson – the church is a mother, and one does not beat a mother. But finally Jakob must raise his hand...


Gerd Schneider studied Theology in Bonn and Vienna, followed by studies in Film at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His films include: the shorts GABRIEL (2000), AT THE END OF DAYS (2001), DOOR BY DOOR (2002), THE LORDS OF OPERATOR (doc, 2004), THE EDGE OF HOPE (doc, 2005), FLIM-FLAM (short, 2009), THE SERVANT (2012), and his feature debut THE CULPABLE (VERFEHLUNG, 2015).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Gerd Schneider
Screenplay Gerd Schneider
Cinematography Pascal Schmit
Cast Sebastian Blomberg, Kai Schumann, Jan Messutat, Sandra Borgmann, Valerie Koch, Rade Radovic, Hartmut Becker
Producers Felix Eisele, Julia Kleinhenz, Katja Siegel, Bernd Stegmann
Co-Producers Brigitte Dithard, Claudia Gladziejewski, Barbara Häbe
Production Companies av medien penrose/Stuttgart, Penrose Film/Berlin, in co-production with SWR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE
Length 96 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2015, Arras 2015, Santa Barbara 2016, Shanghai 2016, SANFIC 2016, Cork 2016, Havana 2016
Awards Audience Choice Award Santa Barbara 2016
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, BKM, German Federal Film Fund

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