Sam Garbarski continues his successful collaboration in BYE BYE GERMANY with actor Moritz Bleibtreu, who also starred in his 2013 English-language film VIJAY AND I. Garbarski’s 2007 feature IRINA PALM was an international hit, distributed in over 40 countries and shown in some 30 festivals after premiering in Berlin competition. Starring Marianne Faithfull, the crowd-pleaser also won prestigious awards, including Italy’s David di Donatello for Best European Film. Garbarski made his directorial debut with RASHEVSKI’S TANGO, which screened at numerous festivals and won the Jewish Experience Award for Best Feature at the 2004 Jerusalem Film Festival. He also directed the French-language feature A
DISTANT NEIGHBORHOOD (QUARTIER LOINTAIN), based on Jiro Tanaguchi’s popular manga. His early shorts (THE TURKEY, LIFE, DEATH, SOCCER and MERRY CHRISTMAS, RACHID) were big hits at festivals and benefited from a wide TV broadcast. Born in Germany in 1948, but based in Belgium since the age of 22, Garbarski started his career as a commercials director, having founded the advertising agency Garbarski Euro RSCG. He directed more than 50 commercials, many of them award-winners in international festivals.