Film Info: IM LABYRINTH DES SCHWEIGENS

LABYRINTH OF LIES (IM LABYRINTH DES SCHWEIGENS)

Germany 1958. Reconstruction, economic miracle. Johann Radmann has just recently been appointed Public Prosecutor and, like all beginners, he has to content himself with boring traffic offenses. When the journalist Thomas Gnielka causes a ruckus in the courthouse, Radmann pricks up his ears: a friend of Gnielka's identified a teacher as a former Auschwitz guard, but no one is interested in prosecuting him. Against the will of his immediate superior, Radmann begins to examine the case – and lands in a web of repression and denial, but also of idealization. In those years, "Auschwitz" was a word that some people had never heard of, and others wanted to forget as quickly as possible. Only the Prosecutor General Fritz Bauer encourages Radmann's curiosity; he himself has long wanted to bring the crimes committed in Auschwitz to the public's attention, but lacks the legal means for a prosecution. When Johann Radmann and Thomas Gnielka find documents that lead to the perpetrators, Bauer immediately recognizes how explosive they are and officially entrusts all further investigations to Radmann. The young prosecutor devotes himself with utmost commitment to his new task and is resolved to find out what really happened back then. He questions witnesses, combs through files, secures evidence and allows himself to be drawn into the case to such an extent that he is blind to everything else – even to Marlene Wondrak, with whom he has fallen hopelessly in love. Radmann oversteps boundaries, falls out with friends, colleagues and allies, and is sucked deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of lies and guilt in his search for the truth. But what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever…


Giulio Ricciarelli was born in 1965 in Milan. He studied Acting at the renowned Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich from 1985-1987 and since then has performed at various German theaters and in numerous TV movies and feature films. Together with Sabine Lamby, he founded Naked Eye Filmproduction in 2000, producing such acclaimed feature films as BIRTHDAY (2001), MADRID (2003), and THE FRIEND (2003). His debut short VINCENT (2005) screened at numerous festivals, winning the Golden Sparrow Award at Erfurt, among others, and was nominated for the European Film Award. He also directed the short films LOVE IT LIKE IT IS (2008) and LIGHTS (2009), which earned him another nomination for the European Film Award and invitations to more than 50 international film festivals. LABYRINTH OF LIES (2014) is his feature debut.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Giulio Ricciarelli
Screenplay Elisabeth Bartel, Giulio Ricciarelli
Cinematography Martin Langer, Roman Osin
Cast Alexander Fehling, André Szymanski, Friederike Becht, Johannes Krisch, Hansi Jochmann, Johann von Bülow, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Lukas Miko, Gert Voss
Producers Uli Putz, Sabine Lamby, Jakob Claussen
Production Company CLAUSSEN+PUTZ Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with Naked Eye Filmproduction/Munich
Length 121 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Toronto 2014, Zurich 2014, Zurich 2014, Les Arcs European Film Festival 2014, Festival de Pessac 2014, Hong Kong 2015, Hamptons 2015, Athens 2015, Molodist Kiev 2015, Cairo 2015, Black Nights Tallinn 2015, Camerimage 2015, Palm Springs 2016, Dublin 2016, Havana 2016
Awards Jury Award, Student Jury Award & Audience Award Pessac 2014, Special Jury Mention & Audience Choice Prize/France 4 Les Arcs 2014, Bavarian Film Prize 2014 (Best Actor), Audience Award Athens 2015, Mercedes Benz Audience Award Best Narrative Feature Palm Springs 2016
With backing from HessenFilm und Medien, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund

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