GOETHE FILMS @ TIFF Bell Lightbox: In the Face of Crime (Part 1)

Love, Death, Mafia. Dominik Graf‘s Berlin thriller

Film (Part 1)
May 7, 2012, 6:30pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 5, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON
German with English subtitles
Tickets $10, day-of sales only at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, open at 10am


Im Angesicht des Verbrechens
(In the Face of Crime)

Director: Dominik Graf, Germany 2010, 500 min. total length, DVD
with Max Riemelt, Maria Bäumer, and others
German Television Award, Grimme Award, Bavarian Television Award, nominated for the Golden Camera

500 minutes of gripping suspense! "Berlin School" director Dominik Graf follows the intriguing characters of the Russian mafia in Berlin in this critically acclaimed, 10-part thriller.

"Addictive." (

"Has there been a better German crime series in recent years? We can’t think of one." (TV Movie)

Part 1   May 7:          The Struggle for Power Begins (Ep. 1-3)
Part 2   May 10:        A Web of Deceit (Ep. 4–6)
Part 3   May 14:        The Opportunity for Revenge (Ep. 7-10)

Berlin is at war. Russian mafia gangs battle for supremacy in human trafficking and cigarette smuggling. Two young police officers, Sven Lottner and Marek Gorsky, want to put the masterminds  behind bars. But Marek, the son of Jewish immigrants from the Baltic, soon finds himself caught between two camps. His brother was murdered by the Russian mafia years ago, his sister Stella is married to a mafia boss.

Come with us into the Berlin underworld and its panorama of diverse societies and religions– from the rural suburbs of the Ukraine to the metropolis of Berlin.

Celebrated director Domink Graf, born 1952, won his ninth Grimme Award for "In the Face of Crime." Graf has established himself as a specialist for crime stories and directed "Der Fahnder" [The Investigator], the Schimanski Tatort "Schwarzes Wochende" [Black Weekend] (1984/85) and the new "Polizeiruf 110" with Matthias Brandt. The airing of the innovative trilogy "Dreileben" by Dominik Graf, Christoph Hochhäusler, and Christian Petzold was the event of last year’s Berlinale and was also shown at TIFF in 2011.

All GOETHE FILMS are open to audiences 18+.

The Goethe-Institut is proud to show its film programs at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. In thematic clusters throughout the year, we bring you the best in contemporary German cinema, from features to docs, from shorts to animation, from the experimental to festival highlights; enhanced by curator and artist talks.

Part of the Goethe-Institut's focus on German Film.

Related Events:
May 10: A Web of Deceit (Episodes 4–6)
May 14: The Opportunity for Revenge (Episodes 7-10)

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