OFFICIAL ENTRY FROM GERMANY – ACADEMY AWARDS
In LABYRINTH OF LIES the economic miracle is changing the life of Germans in post-war Germany 20 years later. Most of them are sick of the war and prefer to push their guilt to the back of their mind. When a journalist (André Szymanski) identifies a teacher in the playground as a former guard from Auschwitz, no one wants to take notice. But a young prosecutor (Alexander Fehling) takes on the case and can't even be stopped by his boss. During his research he realizes that some Germans claim that they never heard the expression "Auschwitz," while others try to forget about it. As the resolute prosecutor doesn't give up, the Attorney General Fritz Bauer (Gert Voss) retains him to take charge of the investigations. Struggling with an overload of information, the young attorney blunders into a labyrinth of guilt and lies where he almost gets lost. An eye-opening story about the importance of seeking the truth - even when it's complicated, ugly and buried beneath years of secrecy and deceit.
The Story of a Rebel and His Bike. Pee-wee Herman is a puer aeternus with a pimped-out bicycle that he treasures and that his neighbor and nemesis, Francis Buxton, covets. When his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out on an epic cross-country search to find his lost love. Along the way, he makes friends with various oddball characters, visits the Alamo, endures various hallucinatory nightmares, and has a supernatural run-in with a spectral trucker.
PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE is a true original -- a comedy maverick that looks and feels like no other movie. The film's inventiveness is on display from the get-go. This marked Tim Burton's directorial debut, and he builds seemingly dynamic meta-worlds inside our own world, depicting Pee Wee's own journey as exciting, harrowing, and often times scary. Pee-wee's appeal lies precisely in the slightly discomfiting uncertainty of his persona... insufferably giddy, occasionally malevolent, and completely indefatigable; demented, irritating, narcissistic -- and infectiously funny. A purely creative movie that one must admit has no equal in cinema history (for better or worse), PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE is undoubtedly one of the funniest movies ever made.
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