Murer - Anatomy of a Trial / Murer: Anatomie Eines Prozesses - 137'
- Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:30
On the basis of original records, the film reconstructs the 1963 proceedings against Franz Murer, a wealthy Austrian farmer with a sterling reputation, that took place in Graz. This respected local
politician and family man was in charge of the Vilnius ghetto from 1941 to 1943, where its residents called him the “Butcher of Vilnius.” Solely 600 of the 80,000 Jews who originally lived there survived Nazi rule. Survivors came from around the world to testify at the trial, leaving little doubt of Murer’s guilt. This resulted in one of the most serious scandals of Austria’s Second Republic for which the justice system, press and governmental policy were responsible.
Born in Austria, 1966. He first trained as a photographer at the Höhere Graphische Bundes-Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna, then earned a degree in Film Direction from the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). He has directed ten short films and written six screenplays. His feature-film debut came
in 1996 with “Die Totale Therapie”. He created the production company Weltfilm in 2002. His third feature “Silent Resident” had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and its theatrical release in 2008.
2018 Diagonale – Festival of Austrian Film; Best Feature Film