(Austria, Luxembourg, 2021) Historical, Thriller / 98 min / German w English Subtitles / Rated: 16+
Dir: Stefan Ruzowitzky
When an ex-prisoner of the Great War returns home and finds his comrades brutally murdered, he decides to bring the serial-killer to justice.
Vienna, 1920. The Austro-Hungarian Empire has collapsed. Peter Perg returns home from the Great War, after years of captivity. But the Vienna he comes home to is nothing like the place he once knew. The new Austrian Republic thrives on social and artistic freedom, but anti-democratic movements and unemployment loom overhead. A stranger in his hometown, his life takes a turn for the worse when one of his former comrades is murdered. Suddenly the mysterious killings of veterans are mounting. Personally connected to the victims, Perg decides to bring the killer to justice. He finds an ally in the cool-headed forensic doctor Theresa Körner, with whom he has a deeper, shared history. Their investigation leads them into the darkest corners of the city, as they confront a brutal and systematic killer and intrigues from within the police force. But when the killer’s net closes around Perg himself, he faces the moral dilemma of his life.
The writer and director of Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award-winner The Counterfeiters (2007) was born in 1961 in Vienna, Austria. Raised in Düsseldorf, Germany, he studied theater, media, film, and history. He started his career by directing music videos for bands like The Scorpions, No Mercy, and Justin Timberlake (nomination “Best Video,” MTV USA). One of his early feature films, The Inheritors (1998), became a festival hit at Telluride, the New York Film Festival, and Toronto,winning more than twenty international awards. Anatomy (2000) became the highest grossing German genre movie ever. After directing the strong box office performer and children’s movie Lilly the Witch (2009) and Cold Hell (2017), Ruzowitzky started working in the US, where he directed Deadfall (2012) (starring Eric Bana, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson, and Charlie Hunnam) and co-created series like 8 Days (2019)and The Barbarians (2020). In addition, Ruzowitzky adapted Herman Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund (2020) to film.