The Collini Case (Der Fall Collini)

© Constantin Film
© Constantin Film


Remarks by Director Marco Kreuzpaintner: "I am flattered and really honored to receive this award. An award given by the audience is always the highest accomplishment for a director. That is naturally the reason why I make films: my audience. On top of it, I am glad to receive an award for my film, The Collini Case. The film tries to raise awareness of a scandal law, that was installed by the German government in 1969. Looking at the dangers that all democracies in the world are facing these days by corrupt leader who think they can get away with almost anything, this film‘s topic highly matters about our present lives."

Centerpiece Film

Feb. 8, 2020 at 7:15 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco

Feb. 10 2020 at 6:45 PM – Encore
Shattuck Cinemas, Berkeley

Northern California Premiere

123 min. Germany (2019)
German, Italian, Latin w/ English subtitles

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner
Starring: Elyas M´Barek, Alexandra Maria Lara, Franco Nero, Heiner Lauterbach
Producers: Christoph Müller, Kerstin Schmidbauer, Marcel Hartges
Screenwriters: Christian Zübert, Robert Gold, Jens-Frederik Otto
Director of Photography: Jakub Bejnarowicz
Editor: Johannes Hubrich
Production: Constantin Film Produktion GmbH
World Sales: Global Screen

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A murder. A murderer. No motive. Attorney Caspar Leinen seems trapped when he's appointed by the court to defend the suspect in a spectacular murder case. But he soon starts to unearth one of the greatest legal scandals ever, stretching back to the aftermath of Nazi Germany. The thrilling WWII-related drama is an outstanding adaptation of the international bestselling novel by Ferdinand von Schirach.

Elyas M’Barek (“Suck Me Shakespeer“, “This Crazy Heart”), Alexandra Maria Lara ("The Baader Meinhof Complex“, "Control“, "Rush“) and Franco Nero ("Camelot", "Django Unchained“, "John Wick: Chapter 2“) star in the lead roles. Marco Kreuzpaintner ("Trade“, "Beat“, "Summerstorm“) directs the explosive, spellbinding murder trial masterfully, testing the bounds between morality and justice.

For over 30 years, Fabrizio Collini has worked diligently for a German carmaker before going and killing a man, seemingly on a whim. It's a nightmare for lawyer Caspar Leinen, who takes over his case as a court-assigned lawyer: The victim, respected industrialist Jean-Baptiste Meyer, is the grandfather of his high-school sweetheart Johanna. Everything in this spectacular case seems to be working against the inexperienced lawyer: Caspar Leinen is personally involved, has a client who won't talk to him, and an opponent who seems far superior in legendary prosecutor Professor Richard Mattinger. When he decides to tackle the case anyway, he starts uncovering one of the greatest legal scandals ever, stretching back to World War II. But how much is he willing to sacrifice to expose the truth?