Die Sieger

  • 130'
  • Germany
  • 1994
During an operation that's going wrong, SWAT team member Karl Simon sees his former colleague Heinz Schaefer - who is dead. Simon discovers what he saw is not a ghost, nor a hallucination: Schaefer is alive, working undercover in a gray operation that is turning black...
Graf's masterpiece manqué: the original screenplay, which tackled links between the political establishment, the secret services and state-supported terrorism, was rejected by the funding bodies, who said they'd only support the project if it wasn't about terrorism. Graf and scenarist Schütter obliged (and hate themselves for it to this day). While Graf was shooting the film, the mystery-riddled Bad Kleinen incident occurred, leaving an RAF member and a GSG-9 police officer dead...
The most politically significant film made in the FRG during the Berlin Republic's first decade. Ramming home that - particularly in the light of recent events (the neo-Nazi '
Zwickau cell') - certain zones here remain opaque.

Director
Dominik Graf
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
1994
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
130'
Medium
35mm
International title
The Invincibles
Languages
German, French, Italian
Production Company
Bavaria Film International
Sales
Global Screen GmbH
Screenplay
Norbert Ehry
Cinematography
Diethard Prengel
Editor
Christel Suckow
Production Design
Götz Weidner
Sound Design
Rolf W. Hapke
Music
Dominik Graf, Helmut Spanner, Loy Wesselburg
Cast
Herbert Knaup, Katja Flint