The People vs. Fritz Bauer

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Germany | 2015 | 105 minutes | Lars Kraume

A riveting historical thriller in which a tenacious Jewish lawyer returns from his self-imposed exile in the aftermath of WWII, risking everything as he carefully organizes the prosecution of Germany's greatest war criminals.

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The transformation of mid-20th-century Germany from a totalitarian state to a thriving liberal democracy that has openly atoned for its past sins is a remarkable tale of national redemption. However, the nation's journey from pariah to paragon was never guaranteed, and may not have happened as quickly if not for one man. In the late 1950s, Fritz Bauer, the tireless attorney general and a concentration-camp survivor, helped bring many former Nazis–most notably Adolf Eichmann–to justice for atrocious war crimes. In this sobering postwar drama, Bauer (Burghart Klaussner) is depicted struggling as much with Chancellor Adenauer and Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) as he had with the scattered remains of the Third Reich. While many war-weary Germans at the time preferred to look the other way, Bauer steadily and quietly pursued former SS officers, many of whom eased back into the postwar government unnoticed. As the BND tried to smear his name, Bauer found a credible lead about Eichmann's whereabouts in Argentina and flirted with treason by circumventing the government and making a secret deal with Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, to track down the former Nazi. With fast-paced direction from Lars Kraume, most famous for directing several episodes of the German TV police procedural "Tatort," The People vs. Fritz Bauer is a historical thriller that exposes the elusiveness of evil while celebrating the steady heroism of Bauer, and others, who chose the difficult path of confronting the past head-on.

Director Biography
Lars Kraume is a German filmmaker who began his career in photography. He has directed dozens of award-winning film and television productions, and his latest, The People vs. Fritz Bauer, won him the Audience Award at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival.

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  • Original Language Title: Der staat gegen Fritz Bauer
  • Director: Lars Kraume
  • Principal Cast: Burghart Klaussner, Ronald Zehrfeld, Lilith Stangenberg, Jörg Schüttauf, Sebastian Blomberg
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Producer: Thomas Kufus
  • Screenplay: Lars Kraume, Olivier Guez
  • Cinematographers: Jens Harant
  • Editors: Barbara Gies
  • Music: Julian Maas, Christoph M/ Kaiser
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Locarno International Film Festival 2015 (Audience Award)
  • Filmography: My Sisters (2012); The Coming Days (2010); Kimset (2005); No Songs About Love (2004); Viktor Vogel -Commercial Man (2001)
  • Language: German, English, Yiddish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Cohen Media Group
  • International Sales: Beta Cinema GmbH