Shepherds and Butchers

Shepherds and Butchers

Südafrika / USA / Deutschland 2015/2016, Spielfilm

Inhalt

South Africa in 1987. A rainy night near Pretoria. A young white man races his car through the streets and feels harassed by a minibus. When both vehicles come to a halt and the door of the bus opens, he fires into the bus at its occupants. The victims: seven black members of a football club. The perpetrator is put on trial. Leon Labuschagne, 19 years old, works as a prison guard in a high security wing. His defence lawyer would appear to be fighting a losing battle and a death sentence seems unavoidable. But then he begins to conduct research and ask which circumstances in the life of this young father and active church member could have driven him to run amok. Do the murders have anything to do with Leon’s work at the prison? With the incomprehensible fact that, in the last two years, he has been required to administer the death penalty no fewer than 160 times?

In this courtroom drama based on actual events, Oliver Schmitz exposes the traumatic experiences of a police employee forced to be an executioner. The film’s reflection upon individual and collective guilt and how violence only breeds more violence results in an emphatic plea against the death penalty.

Source: 66. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Oliver Schmitz
Screenplay:Brian Cox
Director of photography:Leah Striker
Editing:Megan Gill
Music:Paul Hepker
  
Cast: 
Steve CooganJohn Weber
Andrea RiseboroughKathleen Marais
Garion DowdsLeon Labuschagne
  
Production company:Videovision Entertainment (Umhlanga), Distant Horizon (Los Angeles)
Producer:Anant Singh, Brian Cox

All Credits

Director:Oliver Schmitz
Assistant director:Cathy Poole
Screenplay:Brian Cox
based on:Chris Marnewick (Roman)
Director of photography:Leah Striker
Production design:Mike Berg
Make-up artist:Meg Tanner
Costume design:Diana Cilliers
Editing:Megan Gill
Sound design:Nicky de Beer
Sound:Ivan Milborrow
Casting:Moonyeenn Lee, Shaheen Baig (UK Casting)
Music:Paul Hepker
  
Cast: 
Steve CooganJohn Weber
Andrea RiseboroughKathleen Marais
Garion DowdsLeon Labuschagne
  
Production company:Videovision Entertainment (Umhlanga), Distant Horizon (Los Angeles)
in co-production with:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion GmbH (Berlin)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden), Times Media Films (Johannesburg)
Producer:Anant Singh, Brian Cox
Co-Producer:Barbara Buhl (WDR), Andreas Schreitmüller (Arte), Jan Krüger
Executive producer:Robert Naidoo, Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh, Andrew Bonamour, Andrew Gill
Unit production manager:Greig Buckle, Michael Games
Length:107 min
Format:DCP, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 14.02.2016, Berlin, IFF - Panorama

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Originaltitel (DE) Shepherds and Butchers

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Original

Length:107 min
Format:DCP, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 14.02.2016, Berlin, IFF - Panorama
 

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