Film Curveball - A true story. Unfortunately

Curveball Schlitten © Curveball

Sun, 16.01.2022

12:00

Belmont Filmhouse

Johannes Naber | Germany 2020 | 108 min | German with English subtitles

Cast: Sebastian Blomberg, Dar Salim, Virginia Kull, Thorsten Merten, Michael Wittenborn

Bioweapons expert Wolf of the German Federal Intelligence Service BND is obsessed with the idea that, despite the UN inspections, anthrax is still being produced in Iraq. Back home in Germany, his superior Schatz assigns him as case officer for the Iraqi asylum seeker Rafid Alwan – because Alwan claims to have worked as an engineer for Saddam Hussein’s secret bioweapons program. It’s a rare triumph for a secret ser-vice not exactly spoilt by success: finally they have a piece of intelligence that would put them one step ahead of the CIA.  What they are missing, though, is proof.

The search for which proves difficult, as Curveball is well aware of his value to the agency. His claims, meanwhile, end up serving a number of decidedly different interests – the CIA, the German government, everyone is trying to use his incredible story for their own purposes. Thus, bit by bit, a construed story be-comes reality and a lie becomes the truth. A truth, which sets in motion a chain of events that for-ever changes the global political landscape.

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