AFM: Cohen Secures 'The People Vs. Fritz Bauer' for North America

Der Staat Gegen Fritz Still – H 2015
Courtesy of Festival del Film Locarno

Der Staat Gegen Fritz Still – H 2015

The historical thriller about one man's attempt to bring a key figure behind the Holocaust to justice first bowed in Toronto.

After screening in the Contemporary World Cinema section of this year's Toronto Film Festival, German historical thriller The People vs. Fritz Bauer has found a North American home.

The Cohen Media Group on Saturday revealed that it had picked up the title, directed by Lars Kraume and chronicling one man's fight to bring Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to justice. The story, co-written by Kraume, tells the story of West German district attorney Fritz Bauer, who found crucial evidence in the 1950s that Eichmann, considered one of the key architects of the Holocaust, was hiding in Buenos Aires.

Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon, The Reader) stars alongside Ronald Zehrfeld (Barbara, Phoenix), Sebastian Blomberg (The Baader Meinhof Complex, The Countess) and Michael Schenk (Enemy at the Gates).

“Lars Kraume has made a fearless film that must be seen, and we are proud to bring it to audiences.” said Charles S. Cohen, CMG chairman and CEO. “The People vs. Fritz Bauer is that rare film that makes historic events feel like they happened only yesterday.”

The distribution agreement was negotiated by Cohen senior vp John Kochman and Dirk Schuerhoff, CEO of Munich-based world sales and co-financing company Beta Cinema.

The film will be released in major markets in spring 2016.