45th edition 27 January - 7 February 2016

5 Jahre LebenBF-2013 
5 Years

Kurnaz is German, and was arrested in Pakistan in 2001. He was handed over to the US authorities then detained at Guantánamo for over five years. Despite unimaginable torture, Kurnaz never gave up his innocence. Based on a true story.

Turkish-German Murat Kurnaz was held from 2001 to 2006 in American detention camps in Afghanistan and at Guantánamo Bay. He was 19 when, as a fresh convert to Islam, he was on a pilgrimage to Pakistan and was promptly arrested on suspicion of terrorism. 5 Years is based on true events and tells his story: how he was tortured and interrogated continuously and mercilessly at Guantánamo Bay.
The film concentrates on the harsh struggle between Kurnaz and his American interrogator, Gail Holford, who tries to win his trust in order to get him to confess, while the physical and psychological torture goes on. It cost Kurnaz enormous willpower to maintain his innocence under this pressure.
Stefan Schaller chooses to seldom show the violence explicitly. He lets the imagination of the viewer do the work, which makes the horror of Kurnaz's detention even more insistent.

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Germany 2013
DirectorStefan Schaller
ProducerJochen Laube
 Fabian Maubach
 teamWorx Television & Film GmbH Ludwigsburg
SalesGlobal Screen GmbH
ScenarioStefan Schaller
CastSascha A. Gersak
 Ben Miles
PhotographyArmin Franzen
EditorSimon Blasi
Production designJulian Wagner
MusicEnik
Length95'
Film formatDCP
Themes
2013 Bright Future International premiere
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