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Es war einmal in Deutschland (Bye bye germany)

(B2) In post-war Berlin, David Bermann and some Jewish friends have only one desire: to live – Hitler is dead but we are alive,” David tells his friends –; flee the country — They want to immigrate to America; to get rich — to have enough money to live across the Atlantic.

They find a quick way to make money: sell household linen, double, triple, the real price (at best)... using all the tricks of home commerce: conviction, seduction, reduction...

Everything is going well until American intelligence services get their hands on David (Moritz Bleibtreu), suspecting him of not really telling the whole truth, of not having been interned and of actually being an agent of the Nazi regime. US agent Sara Simon (Antje Traue) grills him, pursing her lips so as not to give in to her client's seduction and not to laugh at her "client's" jokes.

"How did you get to the Sachsausen camp?"

— I arrived in a chauffeured limousine.

Squeaky humor marks this film, by Sam Garbarski, previewed at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, Audience Award at the Haugesund Norwegian International Film Festival. We surf between the tragedy of the horror of the Nazi camps and the laughter of a group of happy wallet skimmers.

All the complexity of the era, however, emerges randomly from this interrogation which punctuates the film. The initial version is shaken by the facts brought forward by the American investigator, to the point that we have some doubts about the version of the main actor in the film.


Release: on the canvas in Belgium, soon in France

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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