Film Info: Im Namen der Unschuld

In The Name Of Innocence (Im Namen der Unschuld)

In The Name Of Innocence

When Marie visits her mother Anna Loeser in the sanatorium where she is being treated for depression, Anna has the feeling that she will never see her daughter again. A few days later, Marie's body is found in a small lake in an isolated wooded area near Schwerin. Robert Kunze, a business-man, who made a lot of money after the German reunification, had strangled her after losing his temper while trying to rape her. The police begin their investigations. The former crime inspector Kurt Wolf helps Norbert Michaelis, the new inspector from the West, in his investigations. Although they are really competitors, they now team up to find Marie's murderer. Anna, however, also interferes in the investigations. She wants revenge for the death of her innocent daughter. When the murderer is apprehended but then set free by the court because of lack of evidence, Anna decides to take the matter into her own hands. But the moment of truth comes when she is finally standing opposite the murderer and pointing the gun at him. She only has to press the trigger - but will the fatal shot give her the longed-for revenge?


Andreas Kleinert was born in 1962 in Berlin. He worked as a props assistant and intern at the DEFA feature film studios and was an assistant director to filmmakers like Rainer Simon and Hermann Zschoche. He studied Directing at the \"Konrad Wolf\" University of Film & Television in Babelsberg from 1984-1989 and graduated with Farewell, Joseph (Lebewohl, Joseph, 1989), which was nominated for a Student Oscar. A selection of his other award-winning films includes: Lost Landscape (Verlorene Landschaft, 1992), Outside Time (Neben der Zeit, 1995), In the Name of Innocence (Im Namen der Unschuld, 1997), Paths in the Night (Wege in die Nacht, 1999), Ich moechte Zeugnis ablegen bis zum Letzten (TV, 1999), Kelly Bastian - Geschichte einer Hoffnung (TV, 2001), Coming Home (Mein Vater, TV, 2003), Stranger (Der Fremde kam, TV, 2005), Hurenkinder (TV, 2006), Head Under Water (Freischwimmer (2007), Haus und Kind (2008), and Boundaries (Barriere, 2010).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director Andreas Kleinert
Screenplay Thorsten Schulz
Cinematography Sebastian Richter
Gisela Zick
Niki Reiser
Cast Juergen Hentsch, Udo Samel, Barbara Sukowa, Matthias Habich, Katharina Zapatka
Producer Rikolt von Gagern
Production Company Tele München/Munich, in co-production with RTL 2/Munich
Length 93 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby
Sound Technology Dolby, Stereo
Sound Technology Dolby, Stereo, Optical
Festivals Munich 1997, Venedig 1997, Montreal 1997
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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