Chicago European Union Film Festival 2018
Chicago premiere!

Bye Bye Germany

Es war einmal in Deutschland…

2017, Sam Gabarski, Germany, 102 min. With Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue.


Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 30th 2:00pm
  • Sun, Apr 1st 3:00pm

"It tells an unusual story with gusto, enlivened by an enjoyable performance from Moritz Bleibtreu." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"An entertaining, watchable take on the oppressed-minority-comeback genre." - Lee Marshall, Screen International

After World War II, some 4,000 Jews chose to remain in Germany, for reasons not always easy to explain to themselves or their families. Adapted from the fact-based novel "The Traveling Salesmen" by co-scripter Michel Bergmann, this bittersweet con-artist dramedy boldly mixes tones to tell the story of one of those who remained. Dapper, devious David Bermann (Bleibtreu), whose family was wiped out in the Holocaust, enlists a team of fellow survivors in a PAPER MOON-like scheme to sell linens to guilt-ridden Germans. "We're the Jewish revenge," David unapologetically tells his confederates. Meanwhile, he is being investigated by the American Army for suspected collaboration with the Nazis. He tells a skeptical female officer (Traue) how his joke-telling prowess impressed the concentration camp commandant so much that he was enlisted to teach to the humor-impaired Hitler how to be funny! An unlikely tale, but what if it were true? In German, English, and Yiddish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Film Movement. DCP digital. (MR)

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