Bye Bye Germany
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In theatres: 6 April, 2017
A film by Sam Garbarski
Written by Michel Bergmann in collaboration with  Sam Garbarski
Based on the novels “Die Teilacher” and “Machloikes” by Michel Bergmann

Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times? The smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans now need most: fine bed linens nicely wrapped in amusing stories! The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives with flashy chutzpah until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their irresistible items. Business flourishes and a bright new future can be seen in the horizon. But questions about Bermann’s past catch up with him. Why does he have two passports? What about his visit to Hitler’s mountain retreat? Could he have collaborated with the Nazis? The smart and attractive but uncompromising US officer Sara Simon (Antje Traue) refuses to close the interrogation. She wants to get to the heart of Bermann’s memories. Sara matches his quick wit with iron severity, but it becomes increasingly difficult for her to escape his charm…


A co-production with Samsa Film (LU),  Entre Chien et Loup (BE) and ZDF (DE)

With RTBF, VOO & Be tv, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance

With the support of Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmförderungsanstalt, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Eurimages, Film Fund Luxembourg, Le Centre du Cinema et de l’Adiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, La Wallonie et la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral Belge


Festivals & Awards: i.a. Berlin International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Shanghai  International Film Festival, Taïpeï International Film Festival, Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund – Audience Award, Vancouver International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Camerimage, Silk Road International Film Festival Fuzhou – Golden Silk Award for Best Feature Film of the Year

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  • Cast
    Moritz Bleibtreu/ Antje Traue/ Mark Ivanir/ Tim Seyfi/ Hans Löw/ Anatole Taubman/ Pál Mácsai/ Václav Jakoubek/ Christian Kmiotek/ Bettina Stucky/ Tania Garbarski/ Jeanne Werner/
  • Director
    Sam Garbarski/
  • Screenplay
    Michel Bergmann, in collaboration with Sam Garbarski/
  • DOP
    Virginie Saint-Martin/
  • Editor
    Peter R. Adam/
  • Production Design
    Véronique Sacrez/
  • Costumes
    Nathalie Leborgne/
  • Make up
    Claudine Moureaud/
  • Hair
    René Jordan/
  • TonSound
    Carlo Thoss/
  • Music
    Renaud Garcia-Fons/
  • Sound Design
    François Dumont/
  • Production Manager
    Brigitte Kerger-Santos/
  • Casting
    Heta Mantscheff/
  • Producers
    Roshanak Behesht Nedjad/ Jani Thiltges/ Sébastien Delloye/
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Moritz Bleibtreu
David Bermann
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Antje Traue
Sara Simon
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Mark Ivanir
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Tim Seyfi
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Václav Jakoubek
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Hans Löw
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Pál Mácsai
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Anatole Taubman
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