PERNEL MEDIA, ARTE FRANCE
German, English, French
TV, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
The Slánský trial analyzed through rare and restored black and white images. A tragic and emblematic episode of the Cold War, considered the peak of Stalinist terror, where fourteen high-ranking Communist officials, most of whom where Jewish, were accused of imaginary crimes, leading to eleven death and three life sentences.
Prague 2018, workers found reels in a warehouse. These are the images of the 1952 Slansky Trial, a macabre Stalinist antisemitic staging in which fourteen top leaders of the Communist regime were accused of "anti-party and anti-state conspiracy" and had to confess their false guilt by torture and threats. Among those convicted was Rudolf Slansky, the regime's number two, who gave his name to this extraordinary trial. The film traces the trajectory of three defendants, shattered 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, one of the three defendants who escaped the death penalty.
Étoile de LaScam, 2023