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3.3
44 Ratings

The People vs. Fritz Bauer

Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer

Directed by Lars Kraume
Germany, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

Germany, 1957. Attorney general Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires…

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The People vs. Fritz Bauer Directed by Lars Kraume

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Audience Award

European Film Awards

2016 | Nominee: European Actor

German Film Critics Association Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Film

2015 | Nominee: Best Film

2016 | 2 wins including: Best Film

German Film Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

2016 | 4 wins including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Critics reviews

Lars Kraume’s The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer) is a powerful and convincing reminder of the suspect politics of early postwar West Germany (and some of its allies, including the US). Although occasionally clunky in dialogue and staging – one wonders if it were initially intended primarily for German TV – it does an admirable job of a historically and politically complex story delivered in unusually moving terms.
September 15, 2015
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It’s fine material for a procedural, but director and co-writer Lars Kraume badly muffs the film’s pacing such that long stretches of tedious character development leaves the investigation’s revelations rushed, and even nonsensical.
September 05, 2015
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