Oscars: Germany Picks 'Labyrinth of Lies' for Foreign Language Category

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival
'Labyrinth of Lies'

The period drama, which Sony Classics has picked up, looks at German efforts to prosecute Nazi criminals after WWII.

Germany has picked Labyrinth of Lies, a period drama looking at a mostly-forgotten piece of German history, as its contender for the 2016 Foreign Language Oscar. 

The drama from newbie director Giulio Ricciarelli stars Alexander Fehling as a 1950s public prosecutor who defies public opinion and government pressure to try and bring Nazi war criminals to justice. 

Labyrinth of Lies premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and was quickly snapped up by Sony Pictures Classics for North America. Sony also handled The Lives of Others, the last German film to win a foreign language Oscar.

Fehling, one of Germany's rising young stars, is perhaps best-known in the U.S. for his cameo in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, as a desperate German solider in a beer cellar who is shot dead by Diana Kruger. But the 34-year-old Fehling is about to get a lot more exposure with a recurring role in the next season of Homeland

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