Bye Bye Germany
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 ashy 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 wartime memories. Sara matches his quick wit with iron severity, but it becomes increasingly difficult for her to escape his charm...
"Bittersweet and picaresque, this offbeat Holocaust film is recommended." - Video Librarian
Bonus Short: Strings, directed by Erin Morris
Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound
- "... it tells an unusual story with gusto, enlivened by an enjoyable performance from Moritz Bleibtreu as a joker whose way with a punchline probably saved his life."
- "Covering dark subject matter with a light touch is a difficult balance to achieve, and Es war einmal in Deutschland (Bye Bye Germany) gets it right…."
- "...an entertaining, watchable take on the oppressed-minority-comeback genre."
Awards & Recognition
Berlin Int'l. Film Festival
Seattle Int'l. Film Festival