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Chaim Lubelski is a Jewish scholar, was part of the jet set of St. Tropez and a successful businessman in New York. At 63, he moved to Antwerp to live with his mother – a concentration camp survivor – taking care of her, day and night, with true love and joy. In his feature documentary debut L'CHAIM!, director and producer Elkan Spiller introduces us to his eccentric and charismatic cousin, whose non-conformist life, as a second-generation survivor, is deeply affected by the Holocaust and its traumatic aftermath. A life full of absurdities and tenderness, which, like Spiller’s film, breaks with every cliché.

Elkan Spiller was born in Cologne in 1963. As the son of Holocaust survivors, his interest in Jewish history was sparked at an early age, and he went on to write his Master’s thesis on the topic of anti-semitism in German television at the University of Arts in Berlin in 1992. Since then he lived in New York, Tel Aviv and San Francisco and has been working as a freelance journalist German television broadcasters. His short film MAMA, L'CHAIM was screened at over 50 international film festivals and received numerous awards. He returned to Germany to shoot and produce L'CHAIM! - TO LIFE!, which is his feature documentary debut and had its world premiere in the Neues Deutsches Kino section at Filmfest Munich 2014.
Genre Biopic, Family
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2014
Director Elkan Spiller
Screenplay Elkan Spiller
Cinematography Virginie St. Martin, Ron Ramirez, Simon Arazi
Cast Chaim Lubelski, Nechuma Lubelski
Producer Elkan Spiller
Production Company Elkan Spiller Filmproduktion/Cologne
Length 92 min
Format DCP, color, 16:9
Original Version
 German, English, Hebrew, French
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Filmfest Munich 2014, San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2016
Awards Best Film San Diego 2016
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board

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