Curveball (with Q&A)
Curveball. Wir machen die WahrheitDirected by Johannes Naber
Cast: Dar Salim, Michael Wittenborn, Sebastian Blomberg, Thorsten Merten, Virginia Kull
- Closing Night Film
- 108 mins
- USA premiere
CURVEBALL tells the grotesque, at times even surreal, true story of how the Iraq war was started based on nothing but fake intelligence and the involvement of the German government / German secret service.
Bioweapons expert Wolf of the German Federal Intelligence Service BND is obsessed with the idea that, despite the UN inspections, anthrax is still being produced in Iraq. Back home in Germany, his superior Schatz assigns him as case officer for the Iraqi asylum seeker Rafid Alwan – because Alwan claims to have worked as an engineer for Saddam Hussein’s secret bioweapons program. It’s a rare triumph for asecret service not exactly spoilt by success: finally, they have a piece of intelligence that wouldput them one step ahead of the CIA. What they are missing, though, is proof. The search for which proves difficult, as ‘Curveball’ is well aware of his value to the agency. His claims, meanwhile, end up serving a number of decidedly different interests – the CIA, the German government, everyone is trying to use his incredible story for their own purposes. Thus, bit by bit, a construed story becomes reality and a lie becomes the truth. A truth, which sets in motion a chain of events that forever changes the global political landscape.
US Distributor: Rock Salt Releasing
This film will only be available as a live virtual cinema event on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 PM. There are no on-demand viewing options for this film.
Viewable in Bay Area counties: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano.