Film Info: UNSICHTBAREN, DIE

INVISIBLES, THE (UNSICHTBAREN, DIE)

INVISIBLES, THE
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Berlin, February 1943: The NS regime declares the Reich’s capital “free of Jews”. At this point in time, 7000 Jews have succeeded in going underground. Almost 1700 will survive the horrors of the war in Berlin. THE INVISIBLES tells the stories of four of these contemporary witnesses. Hanni Lévy, who has just turned 17, has lost both of her parents. Thanks to her dyed blonde hair, she is practically invisible to her pursuers, and strolls along the Ku’damm to pass the time away. Cioma Schönhaus has also gone underground and leads an adventurous life that consists of buying a sailboat, dining in Berlin’s best restaurants, and becoming a forger of passports, through which he saves the lives of dozens of other Jews. And while Eugen Friede joins a resistance group that distributes anti-government leaflets, Ruth Arndt dreams about a life in America during the daytime; at night, she pretends to be a war widow and serves black-market gourmet foods in the apartment of an NS officer. The dramatic re-enactments are intertwined with impressive interviews with the actual people whose lives inspired this film. The two levels blend together into an intensive, emotionally moving feature film and a historical tribute to the witnesses – of whom two are still alive.


Claus Räfle has, since the early 1990s, proven a sense for provocative issues and exciting subject matters with his body of work, distinctive through its modern journalistic approach and visual sophistication. Time and again, profound humor and laconic narrative style were noted as the signature style of his productions by jurors and TV critics alike. Thus his satirical TV documentary DIE HEFTMACHER was praised by the jury of the German Grimme Award as the most important work of TV journalism in that year. His video clips from the 1990s garnered lots of attention with their pointedly told stories. He developed and wrote THE INVISIBLES together with Alejandra López. Many of his almost 40 feature-length TV documentaries, on which he has also served as writer, are distinct through their unconventional perspective, thoroughly entertaining in the best sense of the word and have found their way across borders.
Genre Drama, History
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Claus Räfle
Screenplay Claus Räfle, Alejandra López
Cinematography Jörg Widmer
Cast Max Mauff, Alice Dwyer, Ruby O. Fee, Aaron Altaras, Florian Lukas, Andreas Schmidt, Victoria Schulz
Producers Claus Räfle, Frank Evers
Co-Producers Torsten Gauger, Helge Neubronner, Howard Harrington
Production Companies LOOK Filmproduktion, cine plus Filmproduktion, in co-production with Gauger Film
Length 110 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Hamburg 2017, Jerusalem Jewish FF 2017, Mill Valley 2017, Long Beach Jewish FF 2017, Rutgers Jewish FF 2017, New York Jewish FF 2018, San Diego Jewish FF 2018, Atlanta Jewish FF 2018, Festival House of Tolerance Ljubljana 2018, East Bay Int. Jewish FF 2018, Westchester Jewish FF 2018, Miami Jewish FF 2018, Zagreb Jewish FF 2018, Moscow Jewish FF 2018, Jewish FF Toronto 2018, Jewish FF Portland 2018, Barcelona Jewish FF 2018, Respect Belfast - Human Rights FF 2018, Greater Phoenix Jewish FF 2018, Windsor Jewish 2018, Washington Jewish FF 2018, Castellinaria Festival internazionale del cinema giovane Bellinzona 2018, Dayton Jewish FF 2018, Jewish FF Berlin & Brandenburg 2018, San Francisco Jewish FF 2018, Cine a la Vista 2018, Jewish Int. FF Australia 2018, Portland German Film Festival 2018, KINOFEST Seattle 2018, Chania Film Festival Crete 2018
Awards Audience Favorite & World Cinema Silver Audience Awards Mill Valley 2017, Honorable Mention Jerusalem Jewish FF 2018, Audience Choice Award San Diego Jewish FF 2018, Gershon-Klein-Film Prize "Special Commendation Award for a German Film on a Jewish Topic" Jewish FF Berlin & Brandenburg 2018
German Distributor TOBIS Film

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