Face Down


Irland, Deutschland, USA, Australien, Spanien, Großbritannien 2023
Sprachen(OF): deutsch, englisch, spanisch
Regie: Gerry Gregg
Drehbuch: David Blake Knox, Kelda Crawford-McCann
Darsteller: Charmaine Cottam, Judith Herman, Marie Gilmore
83 min

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Ïrish Film Berlin - Festival 2024

On December 27th 1973, German businessman, factory manager, and honorary consul Thomas Niedermayer was kidnapped from his home in Belfast. He was never seen alive again by friends or family. He became one of the ‘disappeared’, and it seemed that no-one knew what had happened to him.
A frenzied web of media speculation led to spurious reports of Niedermayer’s alcoholism, philandering, and gun running, while IRA military propaganda triggered investigations into loyalist responsibility for the murder.
Niedermayer’s wife Ingeborg and his young daughters spent the next seven years not knowing if Thomas was alive or dead until, in 1980, an IRA informant led to the recovery of his body.

Director Gerry Gregg (Condemned to Remember) accompanies Niedermayer’s adult granddaughters as they embark on a painful journey of discovery – framed by writer David Blake Knox’s uncompromising investigation of deceit, collusion, and unhealed wounds which challenge the possibility of forgiveness.

A brand-new Irish film festival has been announced for Berlin.
Irish Film Berlin will be an exciting showcase of Irish screen creativity taking place on 24, 25 and 26 May at Berlin´s arthouse cinema, ACUDkino.
Festival days in May with a specially curated programme of contemporary Irish films –shorts, features, live-action, documentaries and animation films.
Irish Film Berlin will bring a group of Irish filmmakers to Berlin - to showcase their films in a specially-curated festival. The curator of the festival is OFFline Film Festival. OFFline - based in Birr in the heartlands of Ireland – has been bringing cultural cinema to Irish audiences since 2010.

Plot: In 1973 Thomas Niedermayer, a German businessman living in Belfast, was kidnapped from his home and disappeared. His family and friends never saw him alive again. He became one of Northern Ireland's "disappeared". His fate was unk...