• Director(s):

    ZYLBERMAN (RUTH)

  • Producer(s):

    PERNEL MEDIA, ARTE FRANCE

  • Territories:

    Europe.

  • Production year:

    2021

  • Language(s):

    German, English, French

  • Rights:

    TV, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD

The Slánský trial analyzed through rare and restored black and white footage. A tragic and emblematic episode of the Cold War, considered the peak of Stalinist terror, where fourteen high-ranking Communist officials, most of whom were of "Jewish origin", were accused of imaginary crimes, leading to eleven deaths and three life sentences.

Prague 2018, workers found reels in a warehouse. These are the images of the 1952 Slánský trial, a macabre Stalinist anti Semitic staging in which fourteen top leaders of the Communist regime were accused of "anti-state conspiracy" and were forced to confess to crimes they had not committed, under torture and threats. Among those convicted was Rudolf Slánský, the number two man in the party, who gave his name to this extraordinary trial. The film tells the story of three defendants, broken by a world they had helped to build.. A trial that entered the collective imagination thanks to the film L'Aveu (1970), by Costa Gavras, with Yves Montand, adapted from the eponymous book by Artur London, who was one of the three defendants who escaped the death penalty.

Étoile de LaScam, 2023