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Scene from "The Counterfeiters" (photo © Magnolia Film Produktion)

The true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, counterfeiter extraordinaire, who was living the high life until he got arrested and shipped off to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1944. In order to survive, he agrees to help the Nazis in an organized counterfeit operation set up to help finance the war effort.

Stefan Ruzowitzky was born in Vienna in 1961. He studied Theater and History and worked as a journalist for Austrian Television. His feature directorial debut TEMPO won the Max Ophüls Promotional Award in 1997. THE INHERITORS became an international festival success, won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam and was presented at the New York Film Festival. ANATOMY became the top grossing German genre film to this day, LILLY THE WITCH a most successful children's movie. His haunting concentration camp drama THE COUNTERFEITERS (2007) celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale in 2007 and won the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Academy Awards®. In 2012 DEADFALL, starring Eric Bana, Sissy Spacek, and Kris Kristofferson opened at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Genre History, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Stefan Ruzowitzky
Screenplay Stefan Ruzowitzky
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Britta Nahler
Marius Ruhland
Isidor Wimmer
Cast Martin Brambach, Veit Stuebner, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Marie Bäumer, Dolores Chaplin, August Zirner, Devid Striesow, August Diehl, Karl Markovics
Producers Nina Bohlmann, Babette Schroeder, Josef Aichholzer
Production Companies Aichholzer Film/Vienna, Magnolia Filmproduktion/Hamburg, in co-production with Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures, ZDF
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2007 (In Competition), Karlovy Vary 2007, Shanghai 2007, Edinburgh 2007, Toronto 2007, Molodist Kiev 2007, Ghent 2007 (Opening Film), Palm Springs 2008, Hong Kong 2008 (Gala), Zlín 2015
Awards German Film Award 2007 (Best Male Supporting Role Devid Striesow), Grand Prix Ghent 2007, Academy Award: Best Foreign Language Film 2007
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, ORF, Austrian Film Institute, Vienna Film Fund, Hessen Invest, Land Oberoesterreich, Land Niederoesterreich
German Distributor Universum Film

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