An office clerk is told he faces a trial, but what he is accused of remains in the middle. Josef K.’s trial is an agony set in a labyrinth of chilly apartment buildings, claustrophobic office spaces and endless corridors of justice. While, beyond his knowledge or control, his trial slowly but surely rolls on, K. is constantly desperate for people who can help him understand what he is accused of, and win his case. The baroque effects of Welles’ film may not do justice to Kafka’s austere narrative tone, but the powerful, almost expressionistic imagery makes The Trial an experience.
Introduction on screen by Anke Brouwers.