On 5 January 1895, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a young promising officer of Jewish origin, is degraded for spying for Germany and is sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, assigned to track the spy down. But when he discovers that secrets are still being handed over to the Germans, he is drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of power struggles. Polanski's film shows that history can be told in a way which is meaningful even to next generations.
The controversial director was born in a Polish-Russian Jewish family. He survived the holocaust and graduated in film from the Łódź Film School. His first feature, Knife in the Water, was nominated for an Oscar, and his following films, Repulsion and Cul-de-sac, won several awards at Berlinale. Chinatown and Tess earned him more Oscar nominations, and he finally won the award for The Pianist.
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