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AMEN

by Costa-Gavras

synopsis

During World War II, Kurt Gerstein is a scientific officer working for the SS on disinfection and water purification projects. When he discovers that a compound he has developed is to be used for mass gassing of Jews in concentration camps he is appalled and resolves to tell the world of the unfolding horror. His attempts to alert the Catholic Church fall on deaf ears until he meets a young Jesuit priest, Riccard Fontana. The two men make repeated attempts to bring news of the systematic slaughter of Jewish families to the outside world. Both are driven by the conviction that once the public hear of this atrocity, the Nazis will put an end to it. However, it soon becomes clear that they are powerless to change things. Neither the American ambassador nor the Pope is able to speak out against the unseen massacre. Meanwhile, every day, tens of thousands of Jews are stripped naked and herded into the gas chambers...

international title: Amen
original title: Amen
country: France, Germany
sales agent: Pathé International
year: 2002
genre: fiction
directed by: Costa-Gavras
film run: 132'
release date: FR 27/02/2002, BE 06/03/2002, RO 11/03/2002, IT 19/04/2002, DE 30/05/2002, GB 12/07/2002, AT 18/10/200, HU 14/11/2002, GR 06/12/2002, ES 10/01/2003, NL 06/02/2002, SE 23/08/2003
screenplay: Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg
cast: Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ulrich Mühe, Michel Duchaussoy, Marcel Iureş, Antje Schmidt
cinematography by: Patrick Blossier
film editing: Yannick Kergoat
art director: Ari Hantke
costumes designer: Edith Vesperini
music: Armand Amar
producer: Michèle Ray, Claude Berri
production: TF1 Films Production
distributor: Mikado, Pathé Distribution, Nirvana Films, Concorde Filmverleih, Pathé Distribution, Constantin Film Verleih, Alternative Films, Upstream pictures

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