Oscar nominations 2016: "Labyrinth Of Lies" represents Germany


Alexander Fehling as Johann Radmann in Guido Ricciarelli's Labyrinth Of Lies - picture Sony Pictures courtesy

The feature film LABYRINTH OF LIES (IM LABYRINTH DES SCHWEIGENS) by Giulio Ricciarelli will represent Germany as the official submission for the 88th Oscar® for the Best Foreign Language Film. This has been decided by an independent jury appointed by German Films, which comprised 9 representatives of different associations and institutions. Jury representative Dagmar Hirtz announced the decision at a press presentation in Munich on Aug. 27. The announcement of the five films nominated for the Oscar® will be made on January 14th, 2016. The Oscar® ceremony will take on February 28th, 2016.

The jury explained its decision as follows: "Director Giulio Ricciarelli and his team create in his precisely researched debut feature a drama which is both gripping and touching. LABYRINTH OF LIES thrills with a little-known chapter of German post-war history: the Auschwitz trials in Frankfurt. Alexander Fehling convinces with his intensive performance as a public prosecutor searching for truth and justice in the film, which has already been successful internationally, both at festivals and box offices." (…)

LABYRINTH OF LIES tells the story of the young public prosecutor Johann Radmann, who embarked on a determined search for the truth behind the events of Auschwitz at the end of the 1950s, and so smoothed the way against all political and social opposition for the first Auschwitz trial in Frankfurt. In June 2015, Alexander Fehling received the Bavarian Film Award as Best Actor for this achievement.

The film, partly financed by FFF Bayern, had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2014, where it met with very positive responses from both press and audience. The international distributor Beta Cinema has sold LABYRINTH OF LIES in 118 countries to date. Mongrel Media is launching the film in Vancouver and Toronto theatres on October 9th, Metropole Films in Quebec on October 16th.

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