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Justice (Justiz)

The young lawyer Felix Spaet is one of many witnesses when a distinguished Zurich councilman, Dr. Isaak Kohler, shoots Professor Winter in the middle of a restaurant full of well-known politicians, businessmen and artists. Kohler is arrested and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. Dr. Kohler, happy as a lark and infectiously content behind bars, sends for Felix Spaet and asks him to re-investigate his case on the supposition that he is innocent. Down on his luck and out of money, Spaet has no alternative but to accept the job. The lawyer becomes obsessed with his intellectual enterprise and in the process he is driven to madness.

Hans W. Geißendörfer was born in 1941 in Augsburg and studied German, Theater Science, Psychology and African Languages. During extensive journeys in Africa and Asia, he made his first 16 mm documentaries and underground films. In 1969 he directed Der Fall Lena Christ. He has been awarded four German Film Awards for his features Jonathan (1970), Der Sternsteinhof (1976), The Glass Cell (Die Glaeserne Zelle, 1978) and The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg, 1992). He also received an Oscar nomination for The Glass Cell and a Golden Globe nomination for Justice (Justiz, 1993). As the inventor and producer of the hit TV series Lindenstrasse, he has received numerous television prizes and awards. His other films include: Snowland (Schneeland, 2005) and, most recently, In the World You Have Fear (In der Welt habt ihr Angst, 2010).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1993
Director Hans W. Geißendörfer
Screenplay Hans W. Geißendörfer
Cinematography Hans-Guenther Buecking
Cast Maximilian Schell, Thomas Heinze, Anna Thalbach, Mathias Gnaedinger, Hark Bohm
Production Companies Luna Film/Zurich, geißendörfer film- und fernsehproduktion/Cologne, in cooperation with SRF/Zurich, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SDR/Stuttgart
Original Version
Subtitled Version English

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