Sebastian Blomberg as Jakob Völz in Gerd Schneider's The Culpable  ©Alina Bader ©Alina Bader

Sat, 10/22/2016

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd
90036 Los Angeles

Sebastian Blomberg as Jakob Völz in Gerd Schneider's The Culpable.


DOUBLE FEATURE: begins with THE CULPABLE at 7:30 pm,
followed by A HEAVY HEART  at approximately 9:30 pm.
Ticket price includes admission to both films.

Germany (2015), 92 min. DCP Projection.
German with English Subtitles

Director: Gerd Schneider
Screenplay: Gerd Schneider
Cinematography: Pascal Schmit
Cast: Sebastian Blomberg, Kai Schumann, Jan Messutat, Sandra Borgmann, Valerie Koch, Rade Radovic, Hartmut Becker
Producers: Felix Eisele, Julia Kleinhenz, Katja Siegel, Bernhard Stegmann
Co-Producers: Brigitte Dithard, Claudia Gladziejewski, Barbara Häbe
Production Company: AV Medien Penrose GmbH (Berlin), Penrose Film GmbH & Co. KG (Berlin), in co-production with SWR (Stuttgart), BR/ (München).

Senior Catholic priests Jakob Völz (Blomberg) and Dominik Bertram (Schumann) are preparing to say mass when two police officers appear and ask Dominik to accompany them to the station.  Upon learning from their mutual friend, the Deputy Vicar General, that Dominik, who works with troubled youths, is accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in his care, Jakob remains convinced of Dominik’s innocence. Embarking on his own investigation into the accusations, Jakob soon has reason to doubt his friend, and by extension, the church officials who rushed to cover up the matter.  Burdened with this knowledge, Jakob is thrown into a crisis of faith: torn between his beliefs and loyalty to the church, and his moral outrage and drive to take a stand against injustice.  Writer-Director Gerd Schneider deftly handles the delicate subject matter of this timely story by telling it from Jakob’s unique insider perspective.  Blomberg’s quiet intensity grounds the drama, allowing the tragedy to unfold frankly and without melodrama.

In Person: Writer-Director Gerd Schneider  

$11.-/ General Audiences
$9.-  / Seniors, Students
$7.-  / Cinematheque Members / Friends of Goethe
  • Audience Choice Award Santa Barbara 2016
  • German Film Critics Award 2016 (Best Debut Film)
  • German Film Festival Ludwigshafen (2015) Special Jury Award, Screenplay Award

Gerd Schneider studied Theology in Bonn and Vienna, followed by studies in Film at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His films include: the shorts GABRIEL (2000), AT THE END OF DAYS (2001), DOOR BY DOOR (2002), THE LORDS OF OPERATOR (doc, 2004), THE EDGE OF HOPE (doc, 2005), FLIM-FLAM (short, 2009), THE SERVANT (2012), and his feature debut THE CULPABLE (VERFEHLUNG, 2015).

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