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'Labyrinth of Lies' to be Germany's Academy Award entry

Los Angeles: Filmmaker Giulio Ricciarelli's debut feature "Labyrinth of Lies" will represent Germany as its entry for the Foreign Language film at Oscar.

The movie, which is distributed in the US by Sony Pictures Classics, centers on a young public prosecutor, Johann Radmann, who sets out in the 1950s to expose the full story behind the mass killings at Auschwitz, reported Variety.

Alexander Fehling plays Radmann, for which he won the Bavarian Film Award for best actor. The decision was made by an independent nine-member jury appointed by German Films, and announced by representative Dagmar Hirtz in Munich.

In a statement, the jury described the film as a "precisely researched" drama that is both "gripping and touching". "Alexander Fehling convinces with his intensive performance as a public prosecutor searching for truth and justice in the film," it added.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Beta Cinema, which is handling international sales, has sold the film to 118 countries. Sony Pictures Classics is planning a theatrical release on September 30.

The five movies nominated in the Foreign Language film Oscar will be revealed on January 14. The Oscar awards ceremony will take place on February 28.

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