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Portrait Of A Judge (Portrait eines Richters)

The lawyer Kolb represents a Vietnamese woman whose husband was beaten up by youths after a neo-Nazi rally. He succeeds in bringing charges against the neo-Nazis' leader who had made a malicious speech at the rally. But the judge wants to acquit the accused. Matters come to a dramatic head between Kolb and the judge when he discovers that this same judge had refused in the past to reverse a sentence by the Nazi justice system which had condemned a Jewish businessmann to death without any concrete proof for allegedly having a relationship with a Gentile, the so-called Rassenschande.

Norbert Kueckelmann was born in 1930 in Munich and studied Law in Munich and Mainz. During his time as a legal intern, he also worked as a writer and film critic for various radio stations. He has had his own law practice since 1958. In 1965, he co-founded the Kuratorium junger deutscher Film together with Alexander Kluge and Hans Rolf Strobel. He is co-owner of the production company FFAT with Peter Lilienthal. He directed his first feature film Die Sachverstaendigen in 1972. His other films include: Die Schiessuebung (TV, 1974), Die Angst ist ein zweiter Schatten (1975), Die letzten Tage der Kindheit (1979), Man Under Suspicion (Morgen in Alabama, 1984), Schweinegeld (1988), Abgetrieben (TV, 1992), Alle haben geschwiegen (TV, 1996), Portrait of a Judge (Portrait eines Richters, TV, 1997), Verlorene Kinder (TV, 1999), and Ich hab es nicht gewollt - Anatomie eines Mordfalles (TV, 2002).
Category Feature
Director Norbert Kueckelmann
Screenplay Dagmar Kekulé, Norbert Kueckelmann, Thomas Petz
Cinematography Igor Luther
Sigrun Jaeger
Markus Lonardoni
Cast Robert Giggenbach, Dorothée Hartinger, Peter Simonischek
Producer Norbert Kueckelmann
Production Company FFAT/Munich, in co-production with ARTE, WDR
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Muenchen 97

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