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Fabian Groys, a renowned journalist for a political news magazine, enjoys great freedom since the stories he uncovers make for good sales. When he is saddled with an intern, he reacts sulkily, but after losing his hot story about questionable army policy towards injured veterans, he switches to a gory zoo story that he’d actually meant to leave to the intern. But there seems to be more behind the suicide of a man who had himself torn to shreds by a lion. Signs proliferate indicating that the two stories are interlinked. Is it pure coincidence, or is Groys the victim of nebulous figures who are skillfully feeding him information? Is he still an independent investigative journalist or has he long since been made into a puppet captured in the sticky threads of a web, spun by forces unknown? And if this is the case, how can Groys regain his independence if he is battling an opponent who never steps out of the shadows?

Christoph Hochhäusler’s political thriller shines a light to the topical issue of power, lobbyism and the manipulation of the media. THE LIES OF THE VICTORS untangles a cunning web involving indiscretion, the spreading of half-truths, the hunt for a big scandal, and the, at times, dubious methods of lobbyists. Hochhäusler takes a look behind the scenes revealing how offstage players influence and control political and journalistic processes.
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Christoph Hochhäusler
Screenplay Christoph Hochhäusler, Ulrich Peltzer
Cinematography Reinhold Vorschneider
Cast Florian David Fitz, Lilith Stangenberg, Horst Kotterba, Ursina Lardi
Producer Bettina Brokemper
Production Company Heimatfilm, in co-production with Mact Productions/Paris
Runtime 110 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Rome 2014, BAFICI 2015, Arras 2015
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Creative Europe MEDIA

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