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29. Juli 2015

Munich, 29 July 2015. After the tremendous success of its multiple award-winning postwar feature “Labyrinth of Lies”, which garnered almost 350,000 admissions in France and is set for a US release in September, Beta Cinema sticks to the subject and picks up Lars Kraume’s Nazi-hunter drama THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER, the untold true storyabout the man who brought high-ranking Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice.

France’ ARP Selection and Swiss LookNow! Filmdistribution have already signed contracts with the Munich world sales agent, and further deals are in final negotiations. THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER will celebrate its world premiere on Locarno’s Piazza Grande next week.

Germany, 1957. Attorney general Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, so far with no success due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past. Because of his distrust in the German justice system, Fritz Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and, by doing so, commits treason. Bauer is not seeking revenge for the holocaust – he is concerned with the German future.

The role of Fritz Bauer is played by Burghart Klaussner (“The White Ribbon”, "13 Minutes”). Starring next to him are Ronald Zehrfeld (“Barbara”, “Phoenix”) as young and ambitious attorney Karl Angermann and Sebastian Blomberg (“The Baader Meinhof-Complex”) as their opponent, prosecutor Kreidler.

“We feel THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER is a must-see for international audiences as it addresses an untold and gripping aspect of the hunt for Adolf Eichmann, just as much as it grants us insights into the German society of those days”, says Beta Cinema’s Thorsten Ritter. ”But most importantly, it puts the courageous, veteran Jewish attorney general Fritz Bauer right in the center of the story evidencing that heroism defies age. And under Lars Kraume’s assured direction Burghart Klaussner and Ronald Zehrfeld top it off with unforgettable performances.”

THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER has been produced by Thomas Kufus zero one film in co-production with Terz Film, WDR, HR and ARTE. Alamode will release the picture on October 1st in Germany.

 

For further information:

Beta Cinema Press, Dorothee Stoewahse
Tel: + 49 89 63 84 627, press@betafilm.com, www.betacinema.com

Pictures available at:

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