Denial - Verleugnung (O.m.U.)

Drama/Biografie - USA/Großbritannien

1994. American Professor Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) speaks to an audience in Atlanta about her newly published book, DENYING THE HOLOCAUST: THE GROWING ASSAULT ON THE TRUTH AND MEMORY. She’s articulate and impassioned and reasserts that she will never debate with anyone who says the Holocaust didn’t take place. What happens next is completely unexpected. Rising from the back of the auditorium is David Irving (Timothy Spall), a prominent figure cited as a ‘denier’ in her book. Charismatic Irving challenges her criticism of him and expounds that there isn’t a single document in existence that proves that Hitler ordered the killing of Jews.
Two years later Deborah receives word that Irving is suing her in a British court for defamation - even though her book has sold just 21 copies in the UK. She has no other option but to defend herself. Under British law she must prove the truth of her statements and, by default, prove that the Holocaust actually happened. She is matched with a brilliantly strategic but eccentric barrister, Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson) and Anthony Julius, an exceptionally smart legal mind. Irving, in true fashion, decides to represent himself. Rampton and his legal team ask Deborah to buy into a unique strategy - remain silent and not take the stand in her own defence and never allow a single holocaust survivor to be questioned by Irving.
Remembering what her mother told her about her birth name (Devorah meaning ‘defender of her people’), Deborah has no choice but to put her faith in Rampton and Julius and join them in a defence strategy that forces her into silence and puts history itself on the stand.

Denial couldn’t be more timely. It’s a film that is tailor-made for an era in which politicians glibly spout “alternative facts” if the truth doesn’t suit them. It’s also disheartening, as it reveals just how labyrinthine and time-consuming the process of legally unpicking these falsehoods is.

Die amerikanische Universitätsprofessorin Deborah E. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) wird unerwartet zur Verteidigerin der historischen Wahrheit, als der britische Autor David Irving (Timothy Spall) sie wegen Verleumdung verklagt. In ihrem jüngsten Buch hatte Lipstadt ihm die Leugnung des Holocaust vorgeworfen. Durch das britische Justizsystem in die Defensive gedrängt, steht sie nun gemeinsam mit ihren Verteidigern, angeführt von Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson), vor dem absurden Problem, nicht nur sich selbst zu verteidigen, sondern auch beweisen zu müssen, dass der Holocaust tatsächlich stattgefunden hat.

Statt sich jedoch eingeschüchtert zu geben, weckt diese scheinbar unlösbare Aufgabe ihren Kampfgeist. Lipstadt lehnt jeden Vergleich ab und stellt sich vor Gericht ihrem unerbittlichen Gegner...

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