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At home with Himmler by Anne-Katrin Titze

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The Decent One director Vanessa Lapa with producer Felix Breisach: "We were very focused on the age, the accent, the ability of entering a character and remain truthful to the text." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Vanessa Lapa's The Decent One (Der Anständige) is evocative and complex with the horror of disconnect, impossible to dismiss as it plays out. In New York, with producer Felix Breisach, we discussed the casting of letter and diary readers Tobias Moretti as Heinrich Himmler, Sophie Rois, Antonia Moretti, Lenz Moretti, Florentín Groll and Lotte Ledl as the Himmler family. We spoke about Marlene Dietrich singing as a marker of time, if Hannah Arendt's Banality of Evil works here and how the writings were obtained, transcribed and put on film.

Based on previously unseen family diaries, photographs and private letters found in Himmler's home in Gmund in 1945 by the Us Army, Lapa's documentary sheds harsh light on the Reichsführer-ss, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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On the ball by Jennie Kermode

23 October 2014 6:26 AM, PDT

Preparing to face the crowds in Wonderkid

Sometimes you come across a story and you just have to take it on. Rhys Chapman had set out to make a film about the troubles faced by a young footballer, and was exploring issues like racism and corruption in the sport, when he began to realise how homophobic football can be. Though he’s straight himself, the situation made a big impression on him, and he began to wonder how many talented players might fail to reach their potential as a result of it. Wonderkid was born.

The story of a young gay professional footballer who has just moved to London to play for a bigger club, Wonderkid pairs its hero with the best friend who has become his manager and who refuses to accept his sexuality. It explores his private life and the affect on him of homophobia coming from the crowd. »

- Jennie Kermode

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BAFTA Scotland announces nominees by Amber Wilkinson - 2014-10-23 13:25:58

23 October 2014 5:25 AM, PDT

Sunshine On Leith has five BAFTA Scotland nominations The nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Scotland awards have been announced.

Sunshine on Leith leads the way with five nominations, followed closely by Starred Up with four and Filth with three.

James McAvoy, Jack O’Connell and Peter Mullan will battle it out for best actor, while Jane Horrocks, Sophie Kennedy Clark and Freya Mavor will compete for the actress gong.

Including Outstanding Contribution awards (to be announced at a later date) 19 trophies will be handed out at the ceremony hosted by television presenter Hazel Irvine at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on Sunday, November 16.

Director of BAFTA Scotland Jude MacLaverty said: “We’re thrilled to unveil the nominations and are especially pleased to announce Hazel as this year’s host. The past year has been a very exciting one for Scotland’s moving image »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct by Jennie Kermode - 2014-10-22 13:13:26

22 October 2014 5:13 AM, PDT

Actress Daniele Watts caused quite a stir last month when she spoke out about her detention by Los Angeles police, accusing them of racial profiling. Now Watts, who was originally arrested on suspicion of prostitution, has been charged with committing a lewd act, leading to allegations that the police are looking for payback.

With Watts' husband also facing charges, the couple could be looking at up to six months in prison and a fine of $1,000 - despite the fact that police sergeant Jim Parker reportedly told the Los Angeles Times that the incident would have been ignored if Watts had cooperated. The actress objected to being asked to show ID, arguing that she was doing nothing wrong by kissing her husband in a public place. The American Civil Liberties Union (Aclu) has backed her on this but the Lapd is maintaining its position. Watts has filed a formal complaint.

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- Jennie Kermode

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Luis Moreno Ocampo on pursuing justice by Anne-Katrin Titze

20 October 2014 3:15 AM, PDT

Luis Moreno Ocampo told Anne-Katrin Titze that Watchers Of The Sky director Edet Belzberg and Us Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power are the "new Raphael Lemkins." Photo: Susan Norget

Luis Moreno Ocampo was appointed the first Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at the Hague in 2003. During his nine-year term he was responsible for "investigating and prosecuting massive atrocities" and gathering evidence to build a consensus with the member States in order to "enforce the rules".

In New York, a relaxed Luis Moreno Ocampo told me about the day Raphael Lemkin came into his life, the insight Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz gave him, the need for a protocol in the global system, why Star Wars is incredibly smart and how much he enjoys Woody Allen, Visconti and the Coen brothers.

Luis Moreno Ocampo prosecuting at the Argentine 1987 Junta trials: "I had 1600 suspects. I cannot do a case »

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