Labyrinth of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens)


Milliken at the Dennos Museum Thu, Jul 30, 2015 6:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2014
Runtime:122 min.
Production Country:Germany
Original Language:German
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Alexander Fehling
Andre Szymanski
Friederlike Becht
Johannes Krisch
Johann von Bulow
Robert Hunger-Buhler
Director:Giulio Ricciarelli
Produced by:Jakob Claussen
Sabine Lamby
Screenwriter:Elisabeth Bartel
Giulio Ricciarelli
Cinematography:Martin Langer
Roman Osin
Editing By:Andrea Mertens
Music By:Sebastian Pille
Niki Reiser


“Labyrinth of Lies” is set in 1958 Frankfurt, a significant and often-forgotten post-war period when many Germans denied their war crimes, despite the infamy of the Nuremberg trials. Tipped off by a journalist, an ambitious young prosecutor investigates a massive conspiracy to cover up the Nazi pasts of prominent public figures, searching for the evidence necessary to sue the 8,000 people who worked at Auschwitz, many of whom went on to successful careers in public service. An intelligent and arresting fact-based drama that plays like a streamlined version of the high-minded, blunt-spoken, socially conscious prestige pictures made by Stanley Kramer in the 1950s and 1960s, we follow the prosecutor as he begins to wonder if his own family history is as honourable as he once thought. And we are left with questions about social memory, how history is ultimately written, and the ways in which we allow ourselves to forget events that we find too painful to acknowledge.