The Invisibles

The Invisibles

Director: Claus Räfle

Screening time: 10.04.2018. 21:00

Screening location: Kino Europa

Runtime: 110 min

Awards: Audience Favorite - Silver Award Mill Valley Film Festival 2017, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, 2018 East Bay International Jewish Film Festival, Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival, Festival de Cannes

Synopsis:

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.

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