21st Festival Films

THE GENERAL CASE (DIE AKTE GENERAL)

© ARD
© ARD


Mon. Feb. 6, 2017 7:30 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
U.S. West Coast Premiere
89 mins. Germany (2016). Digital Projection. German w/ English subtitles.
Director: Stephan Wagner
Starring: Ulrich Noethen, David Kross, Bernhard Schütz, Dieter Schaad
Screenplay: Alex Buresch
Cinematography: Thomas Benesch
Editor: Susanne Ocklitz
Producers: Benjamin Benedict, Nico Hofmann
Courtesy: Goethe-Institut, Munich

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Germany in the 1950s: After World War II, the German government is still full of former Nazis in powerful political and judicial positions. Amidst this rotten structure, Hessian Solicitor General Fritz Bauer tries to bring a stop to the frequent cover-ups of Nazi crimes. However, it remains a lonesome struggle. The Secret Service is openly working against him. Despite the odds, Fritz Bauer plans his coup: The arrest of former SS-Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) Adolf Eichmann, who had fled to Argentina after the war in 1945. However, after Eichmann’s successful capture, Fritz Bauer does not cease to track down other exalted politicians of state. His next target is the closest confident of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.