5 Jahre Leben

  • 95'
  • Germany
  • 2013
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.

Director
Stefan Schaller
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
95'
Medium
DCP
International title
5 Years
Languages
German, English
Producers
Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Production Company
teamWorx Television & Film GmbH
Sales
Global Screen GmbH
Screenplay
Stefan Schaller
Cinematography
Armin Franzen
Editor
Simon Blasi
Production Design
Julian Wagner
Music
Enik
Cast
Sascha A. Gersak, Ben Miles
Website
https://www.globalscreen.de/mm/en/content/59339