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by Gerd Schneider


“Someone is blackening our name! Shit sticks if there’s enough of it!” Catholic minister of a state penitentiary Jakob Voelz would be more than happy to believe this statement as his hieratical colleague and best friend Dominik Bertram is arrested under suspicion of sexual abuse. Yet, what Jakob is beginning to suspect but doesn't want to know, becomes a crucial test for his faith and his self-conception as a priest: There is a truth we welcome and there is a truth we fear, about which we tend to fall silent. As Jakob begins to turn against that silence within the church, he is taught a lesson – the church is a mother, and one does not beat a mother. But finally Jakob must raise his hand...

international title: The Culpable
original title: Verfehlung
country: Germany
sales agent: Pluto Film
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Gerd Schneider
film run: 95'
release date: DE 26/03/2015
screenplay: Gerd Schneider
cast: Sebastian Blomberg, Kai Schumann, Jan Messutat, Sandra Borgmann, Valerie Koch
cinematography by: Pascal Schmit
film editing: Uta Schmidt
music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre
producer: Felix Eisele, Julia Kleinhenz, Katja Siegel, Bernhard Stegmann
production: AV Medien Penrose GmbH
backing: MFG Filmförderung, BKM, General Federal Film Fund (DFFF)
distributor: Camino Filmverleih


main awards/selection

Arras Film Festival 2015 

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