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German Cinema: The People vs Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer)

Tuesday 3 March 2020 18:45-20:30

Since September 2019, the Institut français d’Ecosse has been hosting screenings of contemporary German films in partnership with Goethe Institut in Glasgow. Few hours of serendipity every once in a while, c’est wunderbar!

The film this week is The People vs Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) by Lars Kraume.

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Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take Nazi crimes to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, there has been no success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past. Because of his distrust in the German justice system, Fritz Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and, by doing so, commits treason. Influential people would like to see Fritz Bauer finally rendered “harmless”. Denunciations, which even spill over into his private life, aspiring to establish his homosexuality and therefore a breach of Paragraph 175, threaten to wear him and his colleagues down. Lars Kraume’s political thriller draws from elements of melodrama, both to create an image of a German hero in the years following World War II, and to enrich and expand the character with facets that fictionalize him as an assailable individual.

Starring Burghart Klaussner, Ronald Zehrfeld, Sebastian Blomberg, Jörg Schüttauf and Lilith Stangenberg

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The People vs Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (dir. Lars Kraume | 2015 | 1h45min)
Tuesday, 3 March 2020 | 6:45pm
Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard
In German with English subtitles
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Institut français d’Ecosse
Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Access Details
The Institut français d’Ecosse and the Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard are fully accessible with step-free access available at West Parliament Square and George IV Bridge.

This event is free, but booking is strongly recommended.
Book directly online or contact us at 0131 285 6030 or ifecosse.edimbourg-cslt @diplomatie.gouv.fr
Additional tickets are also available via Eventbrite

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