Labyrinth of Lies

by Giulio Ricciarelli

Based on true events of the investigations that lead to the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials in the 1960ies that eventually tackled the murders and sentenced Nazi criminals to prison.

Germany 1958. Reconstruction, economic miracle. Johann Radmann has just recently been appointed Public Prosecutor. When journalist Thomas Gnielka causes a ruckus in the courthouse, Johann pricks up his ears: a friend of Thomas' identified a teacher as a former Auschwitz guard, but no one is interested in prosecuting him. Johann begins to examine the case – and lands in a web of repression and denial. At the time, "Auschwitz" was a word, which those who even heard of it, wanted to forget. Only Prosecutor General Fritz Bauer encourages Johann. When Johann and Thomas find documents that lead to the perpetrators, Bauer officially entrusts all investigations to Johann, who is drawn so deeply into the case that he is blind to everything else – even to his love Marlene. Johann oversteps boundaries, falls out with friends, colleagues, and allies, and is sucked deeper into a labyrinth of lies in his search for the truth. But what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever…

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 121 minutes
Original title
Im Labyrinth des Schweigens
directed by
Giulio Ricciarelli
produced by
Claussen + Wöbke + Putz Filmproduktion in co-production with naked eye filmproduction GmbH
  • Alexander Fehling (LABYRINTH OF LIES)
  • André Szymanski
  • Friederike Becht (LABYRINTH OF LIES, THE READER)
  • Johann von Bülow (LABYRINTH OF LIES)
  • Gert Voss

Press Quotes

"Giulio Ricciarelli‘s fact-based drama is an intelligent and arresting tale of an ambitious young prosecutor intent on bringing war criminals to justice."

"Fehling playing the combination of drive, ambition and inexperience to perfection."

Selected Festivals & Awards

Toronto International Film Festival