|Producers:||Paul Zischler, Susanne Mann|
|Production Company:||zischlermann filmproduktion GmbH, Germany|
|Involved Broadcasters:||SWR / BR (Kai Henkel, Claudia Gladziejewski)|
|Language:||Arabic, German, English|
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- IDFA 2014 (in Competition for First Appearance) (22 November 2014)
- One World (Prague, Czech Republic) 2015 (6 March)
- Luxembourg City Film Festival 2015 (28 February)
- Hot Docs (Canada) 2015 (27 April): North American Premiere
- Documentary Edge (New Zealand's IDFF) 2015 (24 May)
- Seattle IFF 2015 (23, 24 May)
Matthias Bittner was born in 1982. He had his first film, video and photography experiences during art class, having shot his first short films and taking portraits. After completing A-levels and civilian service, Bittner participated in various internships in the Directing and Camera department. Since 2004 he is a freelance director-assistant and set-manager, among others for "Das Maß der Dinge" (nominated for the Student-Oscars) and for Angela Schanelec's "Nachmittag". His animation film "Operation: Terror Tape" was shown at numerous festivals and was awarded a Special Mention at the Filmschau Baden-Wuerttemberg. His recent short film "Wie die Raben" had its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival and was aired on ARTE and SWR. His first feature-length documentary film "Not in My Backyard" premiered as the opening film of "Settimana della Critica" at the 2011 Locarno film festival. It was also shown at IDFA in Amsterdam, Docville in Leuven, Planete Doc in Warsaw, Max-Ophüls-Prize and was given an honorable mention at the Achtung Berlin Festival 2012.
"Operation: Terror Tape" (2007) - 7min - short animation
"Divorce Talk" (2009) - 28min - documentary
"Wie die Raben" (2009) - 8min - short fiction - SWR, ARTE, San Sebastian, Max-Ophüls-Festival
"Not in my Backyard" (2011) - 86min - feature length documentary film - Locarno 2011
"The most fascinating psychological exploration of truth and deceit to reach the screen since “The Impostor"... Endlessly fascinating."
"War of Lies" selected on Variety's list of Top 10 Films of 2014 by Peter Debruge:
"Debuting only weeks ago at IDFA (the world’s top doc festival, based in Amsterdam), German director Matthias Bittner’s portrait of the Iraqi informant we’ve come to know as “Curveball” is just beginning what’s sure to be a long and fascinating life on the fest circuit... Formally inventive, morally infuriating look at the man whose fabricated stories of WMDs gave President Bush the justification he sought to invade Iraq"
Variety, Peter Debruge