THE CULPABLE (VERFEHLUNG)
Sat. Feb. 4, 2017 10:00 AM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
Northern California Premiere
95 mins. Germany (2015). DCP Projection. German w/ English subtitles.
Director: Gerd Schneider
Starring: Sebastian Blomberg, Kai Schumann, Jan Messutat, Sandra Borgmann
Screenplay: Gerd Schneider
Cinematography: Pascal Schmit
Editor: Uta Schmidt
Producers: Felix Eisele, Julia Kleinhenz, Katja Siegel, Bernd Stegmann
World Sales: Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH, Berlin
Audience Choice Award winner at the 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
The life and faith of catholic prison minister Jakob Voelz is fundamentally troubled when his best friend and hieratical colleague Dominik Bertram is taken in custody under suspicion of sexual abuse. Jakob would be more than happy to believe Dominik is innocent. Yet, what Jakob is beginning to suspect becomes a crucial test for his faith and his self-conception as a priest: There is a truth we welcome and there is a truth we fear, about which we tend to fall silent. Jakob begins to turn against that silence within the church, in order to discover the truth.