This week, BUFS is pleased to present Labyrinth of Lies starring André Szymanski, Alexander Fehling and Friederike Becht. Directed by Giulio Ricciarelli.
Labyrinth of Lies is a compelling docudrama centered on the atrocities that occurred during World War II in Nazi Germany. The film takes place during the aftermath of the Nazi Regime in 1958, when Germany started to eliminate all symbols of the nationalist socialist party and began to heal as a nation. Labyrinth of Lies stars a young and naive public prosecutor, Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling), who begins to investigate former Nazi war criminals that have unjustly been able to return to a regular civilian life. In the beginning, his investigative efforts are met with a lot of criticism, indifference, and adversity from his colleagues and other higher-ups in the justice system, until finally, the Attorney General appoints Radman as the head of a task force created to prosecute these war criminals. Radman and his small team of attorneys begin sifting through all kinds of information, completely unprepared for the evidence they find and just how deep the cover-up goes. They soon realize that many people in Germany would go to great lengths to forget the atrocities of the holocaust.
Labyrinth of Lies effectively explores history objectively and humanely as it captures the guilt and shame felt by a nation during an era where that nation was in denial about the degradation and violent acts committed against the victims of the holocaust. By exposing these feelings, Giulio Ricciarelli, is able to craft a film that can only be described as a must see.
Labyrinth of Lies screens Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Theatres, Pen Centre. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for details.