Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Release: Labyrinth of Lies

Digital Release Date: Feb. 16, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 16, 2016
Price: DVD $20.95, Blu-ray $34.99
Studio: Sony

Labyrinth of Lies, Giulio Ricciarelli’s 2015 feature film debut as director, is Germany’s Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

The script, which Ricciarelli co-wrote with Elisabeth Bartel, illuminates a relatively obscure chapter of German history, when thousands of former Nazis simply returned to their everyday lives and their crimes remained unpunished and largely forgotten.

Alexander Fehling in Labyrinth of Lies

Alexander Fehling in Labyrinth of Lies

As the story goes, in Germany circa 1958, “Auschwitz” was a word that some people had never heard of, and others wanted to forget as quickly as possible. Against the will of his immediate superior, young prosecutor Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling, Inglorious Bastards) begins to examine the case of a recently identified teacher who was a former Auschwitz guard. Radmann soon lands in a web of repression and denial, but also of idealization.  Devoting himself to his new task and resolving to find out what really happened, Radmann oversteps boundaries, falls out with friends, colleagues and allies, and is sucked deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of lies and guilt in his search for the truth. But what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever.

This Sony Pictures Classics drama, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival,  features the last film performance by legendary German actor Gert Voss. Blu-ray and DVD supplements include a commentary track with Ricciarelli and Fehling, an interview with Ricciarelli and Fehling at the Jewish Film Festival and deleted scenes.

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