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BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Daniel Andreas Sager / Germany / 2021 / 90 min / World Premiere
Two German investigative journalists are tipped off about a political scandal that ends up toppling a European government.

Two years after the Panama Papers scandal, two investigative journalists at Germany’s largest newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, are ready with a series of new revelations while researchin the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galicia and a mysterious arms dealer linked to the Iranian nuclear missile programme. When a secret video gets leaked to them in 2019, the journalists have the opportunity to uncover a new scandal, today known as ‘Ibiza-Gate’, involving the Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache. ‘Behind the Headlines’ gives us exclusive access to the detective work in the field and to the strategic masterminding in the offices of the world-renowned news desk, where we are present when the big breakthrough finally happens. And even if both victories and disappointments are met with pokerfaced professionalism, the air is buzzing with suspense in Daniel Sager’s intense, international film, which is also a highly topical defence of free media and the rights of whistleblowers.