Giulio Ricciarelli’s Labyrinth of Lies has been chosen to represent Germany as its official submission for this year’s Academy Awards. The decision was reached by an independent jury appointed by German Films. Jury rep Dagmar Hirtz announced the decision in Munich today.

“Director Giulio Ricciarelli and his team create in his precisely researched debut feature a drama which is both gripping and touching. Labyrinth of Lies thrills with a little-known chapter of German post-war history: the Auschwitz trials in Frankfurt. Alexander Fehling convinces with his intensive performance as a public prosecutor searching for truth and justice in the film, which has already been successful internationally, both at festivals and box offices,” read a statement by the jury.

Uli Putz, Jakob Claussen (Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion) and Sabine Lamby (naked eye filmproduction) produced the film, which is being released domestically by Sony Pictures Classics.

“People are amazed that they are discovering a true story they had no knowledge of beforehand,” said SPC co-chairman Michael Barker. “This is an important movie about justice and memory and it is one of those rare movies that is so well made, has a vital message and is entertaining at the same time.”

Labyrinth of Lies tells the story of the young public prosecutor Johann Radmann, who embarked on a determined search for the truth behind the events of Auschwitz at the end of the 1950s, and prepared the way for the first Auschwitz trial in Frankfurt. Alexander Fehling received the Bavarian Film Award as best actor for this performance as Radmann.