The People vs. Fritz Bauer

After screening at Locarno, Toronto, London, and Berlin film festivals, Lars Kraume‘s latest feature, The People vs. Fritz Bauer, will finally arrive this summer and its now been given its first U.S. trailer. The drama is based on a real-life German judge who played an essential role in the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trail.

Winner of Best Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Director at the German Film Awards, The trailer demonstrates the films attention to period detail and what looks to be a stellar lead performance from Burghart Klaußner. See it below, along with a poster.

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. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile, but with no success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past. Because of his distrust in the German justice system, Fritz Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and, by doing so, commits treason. Bauer is not seeking revenge for the Holocaust—he is concerned with the German future.

The People vs. Fritz Bauer poster

The People vs. Fritz Bauer opens August 19th.

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