Documentary / 93min / 2023
A reporter for DER SPIEGEL magazine captivated readers for years with his extraordinary reports, until an incredible truth was revealed. The film tells the story of the rapid rise and the deep fall of the former star reporter Claas Relotius and examines how such a scandal could occur. With exclusive, never before seen footage, the film takes the audience on a captivating journey through the events that shook the German and international media world.
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CPH:Dox Copenhagen 2023
2023 / 93 Min / Germany, Iraq, USA, Swiss
Production: Kinescope gmbh
Written and Directed by Daniel Andreas Sager
Cinematographer: Nicolai Mehring
Editor: Leonardo Franke
Sound Engineer: Joscha Eickel
Music: Hannah von Hübbenett, Edward Davenport
Creativ Producer: Anne Reiner
Producer: Matthias Greving, Kirsten Lukaczik
Executive Producer: Christian Asanger, Marietta Gottfried
"Exciting like a thriller"
"A remarkable documentary."
"Thanks to these different perspectives, Sager succeeds in making the media scandal tangible for viewers (...) because he weights known aspects differently than before."
"In larger parts (...), the film painfully reminds you of all the stubborn problems that Relotius caused."
The film's achievement is that it soberly shows how many alarm bells were ignored in the Relotius years."
"The documentary about the former "Spiegel" reporter infuriates (...) the entire industry. (...)
"The film by director Daniel Sager, which is well worth seeing (...) comes to a devastating conclusion"
"The film is worth seeing simply because one registers with increasing bewilderment that all control mechanisms have failed here (...)."
"Thrilling", "A strength of the documentary is that Sager also tells stories that have received less attention in the excitement surrounding the scandal."