Caught in the crossfire at a raid on a left-wing rally, apolitical scientist Hoffman (Bruno Ganz) is critically injured with lingering memory loss. Smeared as a terrorist by the police who almost killed him and hailed as a hero by other groups, Hoffman’s journey of rehabilitation and investigation into the truth of what happened to him leads to a fateful confrontation with the authorities.
Confused, brittle and full of self-doubt, the character of Hoffman serves as a metaphor for West Germany as a traumatised country learning to slowly rethink its political beliefs.
Screening as part of the Trust No One season, May 13th to 30th at the Irish Film Institute. Click for more info.