Ferdinand von Schirach: Enemies: Interesting facts about the film evening

Ferdinand von Schirach: Enemies
Interesting facts about the movie night

"Ferdinand von Schirach: Enemies": Commissioner Peter Nadler (Bjarne Mädel, behind) and the defendant's defense lawyer, Konrad Biegler (Klaus Maria Brandauer), meet in court.

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The two "Ferdinand von Schirach: Feinde" films can be viewed in two orders, which could change the attitude towards the case.

On the first Sunday of the new year, the first deviation from the usual program schedule is on the agenda. Because on January 3rd no "Tatort" or "Polizeiruf 110" will be broadcast. Instead, "Ferdinand von Schirach: Feinde" is running. An unusual feature film documentary project all about child abduction. The same story is shown in two feature films from two different perspectives.

At 8:15 pm "Ferdinand von Schirach: Enemies – Against Time" will be shown from the perspective of the investigator, Inspector Peter Nadler (Bjarne Mädel, 52). This is followed by the accompanying 30-minute report "Ferdinand von Schirach: Enemies – Law or Justice?" and after the "Tagesthemen" then the second film "Ferdinand von Schirach: Feinde – Das Geständnis", which is told from the perspective of the defense lawyer, Konrad Biegler (Klaus Maria Brandauer, 77).

But that's not all, the two feature films will be shown from 8:15 p.m. in reverse order in the programs of WDR, NDR, BR, SWR / SR, HR, MDR and RBB. At ONE they also run in reverse order. A third, more radical version "Ferdinand von Schirach: Feinde – The Trial" will also be shown here from 11:15 pm. "The dream of all producers. A program on all channels", Oliver Berben (49) sums it up happily on Instagram.

This is what "Ferdinand von Schirach: Enemies" is about

Berlin, a day in winter. On the way to school, twelve-year-old Lisa is kidnapped by Bode (Alix Heyblom). Her parents (Harald Schrott and Ursina Lardi) received a ransom demand shortly afterwards: five million euros in bitcoins. For the experienced Commissioner Peter Nadler, there is soon no doubt that the perpetrator must come from the vicinity of the wealthy family. Time is of the essence, the girl has to be found quickly.

When Nadler meets security guard Georg Kelz (Franz Hartwig), his intuition tells him: This is the culprit. His young colleague Judith Lansky (Katharina Schlothauer) has doubts. Since the opaque Kelz confidently remains silent during the interrogations, the investigator loses his nerve. Alone, without witnesses, Nadler uses brutal force to force Kelz to locate the girl; he promises the commissioner to keep the reason for his surprising confession to himself.

When the case goes to court, it appears to be all about the sentence. However, Kelz's defense attorney Biegler relies on solid arguments, in line with the rule of law, and subjects Nadler to a clever interrogation to show that the accused was tortured for the confession and that it is therefore null and void. The question of guilt doesn't matter to him. He calls for acquittal and punishment of the police officer.