- Original title
L'avocat de la terreur
- Running time
- 135 min.
Caroline Champetier, Jean-Luc Perréard
Wild Bunch / Yalla Film / Magnolia Pictures / Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) / La Sofica Uni Etoile 3 / Canal+
- Synopsis / Plot
- Communist, anti-colonialist, right-wing extremist? What convictions guide the moral mind of Jacques Vergès? Barbet Schroeder takes us down history’s darkest paths in his attempt to illuminate the mystery behind this enigmatic figure. As a young lawyer during the Algerian war, Vergès espoused the anti-colonialist cause and defended Djamila Bouhired, obtained her release, married her and had two children with her. Then suddenly, at the height of an illustrious career, Vergès disappeared without trace for eight years. He re-emerged from his mysterious absence, taking on the defense of terrorists of all kinds, from Magdalena Kopp and Anis Naccache to Carlos the Jackal, and represented Historical monsters such as Nazi lieutenant Klaus Barbie. Participated in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Festival.
: César Awards: Best Documentary
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director / Documentary
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