24th Athens International Film Festival

The People vs. Fritz Bauer

2/10/2016, 22:00, Ideal

The unbelievable, yet completely true story of a concentration camp survivor, who went after the notorious Nazi colonel Adolf Eichmann, also known as the architect of the Holocaust, and brought him to justice. Part spy thriller, part shocking historical account, this heart-stopping film won the Audience Award of the Locarno Film Festival by a landslide.

Copy of People vs Fritz Bauer

Fritz Bauer, a middle-aged Jewish lawyer living in post-war Germany, makes it his life's goal to bring high-ranking Nazi officers to justice in order to pay for their heinous crimes. But his crusade is filled with obstacles: Government authorities would rather see the matter laid to rest, as many former Nazis were still in high office. Soon, Bauer realizes that it is easier to collect information on the remaining free Nazis than persuade the authorities to hunt them down.

Based on the life of lawyer Fritz Bauer, Lars Kraume's film captures the problems facing the German state in its transition from Nazi totalitarianism to democracy, narrating a story of heroism and opposition to the system in the tradition of the best films of the genre. Audience Award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Director: Lars Kraume
Screenwriter: Lars Kraume, Olivier Guez
DoP: Jens Harant
Music: Julian Maas, Christoph M. Kaiser
Editor: Barbara Gies
Principal Cast: Burghart Klaussner, Ronald Zehrfeld, Sebastian Blomberg, Joerg Schuettauf, Lilith Stargeberg

Germany | 2015 | Color | DCP | 105' | English, Germany, Gindis


      Festival Darlings

      Festival Darlings

      Julieta (opening film)

      Julieta (opening film)

      The chance encounter of a 50-year-old teacher with an old acquaintance will lead to the awakening of long-hidden ghosts from her past and urge her to sort out unsolved mysteries, open wounds and pending affairs of the heart about the man she loved, the daughter she brought into the world, her own parents and herself. A hymn to female nature from a director who has always used his films to pay tribute to the women in his life and his mind.

      Elle (closing film)

      Elle (closing film)

      After a violent assault from a stranger, a woman starts inventing surprising ways of taking the law into her own hands and turning herself into an offender. Paul Verhoeven's scandalous and sufficiently kinky return to directing is the exciting distillation of a partnership between a filmmaker who's not easily bullied, an actress who doesn't shy away from a challenge (Isabelle Huppert) and an enjoyably amoralistic story who loves to make its audience squirm.

      The Handmaiden

      The Handmaiden

      A young maid is sent to the mansion of a Japanese noblewoman in order to seduce her. The red-hot passion that erupts between them, threatens the plans of the man masterminding the operation. The virtuosic director of "Oldboy" masterfully envelops the best erotic thriller of the year with intriguing mystery, daring lesbian love scenes, metaphysical hints and unbelievable directorial prowess.

      All These Sleepless Nights

      All These Sleepless Nights

      Two students are unleashed onto Warsaw's endless nightlife and immerse themselves in alcohol, drugs and love. Something between documentary and fiction, the camera follows them from party to party and from pleasure to pleasure, set against a metropolis shedding its identity and a youth agonising over their next thrill. Nights when time dilates, loves lasting for a single smoke, enchanting cinematography and an excellent electronic soundtrack.

      Anthropoid

      Anthropoid

      Can the director of "Cashback", one of the most refreshing romantic comedies of the past decade, be up to the challenge of directing a suspenseful thriller about the real-life plan to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, a notorious Nazi official? The answer is a resounding yes, as the film ends up being a heart-stopping experience with Cillian Murphy ("Peaky Blinders") again at the top of his game.