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Johannes Naber: Curveball – A True Story. Unfortunately.

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A satirical portrait of two fighting secret services prior to the Iraq war.

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Iraq 1997, Wolf from the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and Leslie from the CIA are part of a UN team that, after an unsuccessful search for weapons of mass destruction, is informed that the mission is cancelled and that they should return to their home countries. Wolf, back at the headquarters of the BND in Germany, is still convinced that Iraq produces anthrax viruses and could attack the West. When the BND gets hold of an alleged informant called Rafid Alwan, Wolf is given the task of questioning this man who claims to have worked as an engineer on Saddam Hussein's secret bioweapons programme. However, Rafid makes the disclosure of his insider knowledge subject to certain conditions as he is afraid of having to return to Iraq. But is his information actually credible? And, given this uncertainty, why are the BND and CIA so interested in using his statements in their favour? A global political disaster is looming.

The multiple award-winning director Johannes Naber (including for his directorial debut The Albanian) and his co-author Oliver Keidel undertook detailed research for the film’s screenplay. They have worked their findings into a razor-sharp indictment of a politics that is more focused on image than on uncovering the truth. We witness a power struggle between secret services whose satirical portrayal is amusing, but also sends a chill down our spine considering the tragic events we now know followed in Iraq.

The film is only available for audiences in the UK.

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The day before the film starts, you will receive an email with a link.

(If you register on the day the film starts, you will receive a confirmation email with a link.) Please scroll down in the email to find the link and the following instructions:

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1) Click on the link, which will lead to the film on INDY On Demand.

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3) Create an account by entering your email address, name and a password in the pop up window.

4) After entering your details, click the RENT button in the pop up window to complete the rental process.

5) Click the PLAY NOW button from Wednesday, 26. May 7pm to be able to watch the film.

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4) You will now be able to watch the film by clicking PLAY NOW.

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• Once you start watching, you have 48 hours to finish the film within the viewing window.

• The viewing window ENDS on Saturday , 29. May 2021, 7pm and you won’t be able to finish watching the film after that time.

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