News

11. September 2014

Munich, September 11, 2014 – Beta Cinema announced today that Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American rights to Giulio Ricciarelli's directorial debut LABRYRINTH OF LIES. The film, based on a true story, exposes the conspiracy of certain prominent institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during WWII.

LABYRINTH OF LIES will have its world premiere on Friday at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is produced by Claussen + Wöbke + Putz Filmproduktion in co-production with Naked Eye Film Production and stars Alexander Fehling (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE), André Szymanski, Johann von Bülow and Friederike Becht (THE READER, YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE) and Gert Voss.

In LABYRINTH OF LIES the economic miracle is changing the life of Germans in post-war Germany. Most of them are sick of the war and prefer to push their guilt to the back of their mind. When a journalist (André Szymanski) identifies a teacher in the playground as a former guard from Auschwitz, no one wants to take notice. But a young prosecutor (Alexander Fehling) takes on the case and can't even be stopped by his boss. During his research he realizes that some Germans claim that they never heard the expression „Auschwitz," while others try to forget about it. As the resolute prosecutor doesn't give up, the Attorney General Fritz Bauer (Gert Voss) retains him to take charge of the investigations. Struggling with an overload of information, the young attorney blunders into a labyrinth of guilt and lies where he almost gets lost.

"Of all the films available for acquisitions at the Toronto International Film Festival, LABYRINTH OF LIES is the gem under the rock. A riveting, true story about witnesses to atrocities during WWII Germany and the aftermath in post war Germany in the 20 years that followed. This is a great movie and the birth of a major new European filmmaker. We are so happy to be once again in business with Beta Cinema, a company that continues to provide us the very best films (LIVES OF OTHERS, THE COUNTERFEITERS) out there. We look forward to presenting Labyrinth of Lies to the American audience," stated Sony Pictures Classics.

Director/Co-Writer Giulio Ricciarelli added, "Having SPC as partner in the US is a dream coming true. I feel that SPC has love and respect for European movies and the skills to sell it to the American audience."

"We are very proud and honoured that Sony Pictures Classics picked "Labyrinth of Lies". From the very beginning Sony Pictures Classics was our first choice. We feel in very good hands and it is great to see Michael, Tom, Dylan and the whole team, believing so strongly in this film, "stated Beta Cinema's Managing Director Dirk Schuerhoff, who negotiated the deal for the film.

Beta Cinema has established itself as a "boutique-operation" for independent feature films with strong theatrical potential. Beta Cinema's portfolio includes outstanding productions like the international box office hit THE PHYSICIAN, Berlin 2014 Silver Bear–winning STATIONS OF THE CROSS, Berlin 2013 Golden Bear–winning CHILD'S POSE, Academy Award 2011-nominated IN DARKNESS, Cannes 2008 Jury Prize-winning and Academy Award-nominated IL DIVO, Academy Award 2007-winning THE COUNTERFEITERS, Academy Award 2007 nominated MONGOL, Academy Award 2006-winning THE LIVES OF OTHERS and the Academy Award 2004-nominated DOWNFALL.