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After the Truth (Nichts als die Wahrheit)

After the Truth

One of the greatest challenges the legal system has ever faced. Dr. Josef Mengele, one of the most wanted Nazi war criminals turns himself in to the authorities to tell his "truth" to the world. A battle between conscience and evil...

It's one thing to judge Josef Mengele from the standpoint of history, to demonize him basing solely on the documentation of his inhuman and horrible medical experiments. After The Truth presents us with Mengele's hypothetical trial, which forces us to review that judgment. The responsibility of our sense of right and wrong is mirrored in the film by the attorney Peter Rohm, whose idealistic belief in the legal system conflicts heavily with his emotional resistance to defending such a monster. The viewer is presented with Josef Mengele the man, flesh and blood, and must hear him out as he quite emotionally and rationally states the reasons for his work. As Mengele's testimony proceeds, the indignation of our conscience is aroused, yet we cannot help but perceive him as human, like ourselves, with passions and a purpose. To defend himself is his legal right and we must listen, somehow impartially. Is it possible he can convince us of his innocence? At the very least the viewer must consider the man, monster or not ...and his motives.


Roland Suso Richter born in 1961, achieved his breakthrough with his first feature-length film for the cinema, Kolp (1983). Following its screening at Cannes, the film was invited to numerous international film festivals, was nominated for the German Film Award and the Bavarian Film Award, and went on to win the 1986 Youth Video Prize. Sven's Secret (1994) received countless awards including the 1996 Erich Kaestner Prize and the Rocky Award at the Banff Television Festival. Richter enjoyed further cinema success with 14 Days to Life (14 Tage Lebenslaenglich, 1997). In 1997, he directed the TV thriller Buddies. For his outstanding work as director on The Bubi Scholz Story (TV, 1998), he received the Bavarian Television Award. His other films include: After The Truth (Nichts als die Wahrheit, 1999), which was shown in competition at San Sebastian in 1999, as well as A Hand Full of Grass (Eine Hand voll Gras, 2000) and The Tunnel (2001), both of which screened in competition at Montreal.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Roland Suso Richter
Screenplay Johannes W. Betz
Cinematography Martin Langer
Peter Adam
Cast Kai Wiesinger, Goetz George, Karoline Eichhorn
Producer Werner Koenig
Production Company Helkon Media Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with Edward R. Pressman Film/New York
Length 120 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Toronto 1999, San Sebastian 1999, Sudburry 1999, Chicago 1999, Mar del Plata 1999, Palm Springs 2000, Brussels 2000, Puerto Rico 2000, Goteborg 2000, Berlin 2000, Santo Domingo 2000, Santa Barbara 2000, Hyogo-Awaji 2000, Valenciennes 2000, Singapore 2000, Moscow 2000, Calgary 2000, Aubagne 2000, Warsaw 2001, Ankara 2001, Rio 2002
Awards Best Director Aubagne 2000, Jury & Student's Award Valenciennes 2000, Best Actor Brussels 2000
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Nil Film Art & Entertainment/Munich

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