Die Fälscher

Die Fälscher

Österreich / Deutschland 2006/2007, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The Counterfeiters

Berlin in 1936. Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. Life′s no more than a game to him in his world of crooks, gigolos and loose women. And the cash he needs for his gambling – he simply prints himself. But then, one day, someone blows the whistle on him; he is arrested by superintendent Herzog and sent to Mauthausen concentration camp. When he is moved to Sachsenhausen in 1944, Sorowitsch fears the worst. But life has one last chance in store for him. On his arrival he is greeted by none other than superintendent Herzog who is here on a secret mission: Sorowitsch and a group of hand-picked professionals are to produce fake foreign currency. And lots of it. The aim of the exercise is to cripple the economies of Germany′s allied opponents – a bizarre idea mooted shortly before the end of a Nazi regime in the vague hope that this would somehow help them to survive the horror.

To this end, Herzog has created a golden cage for the expert team of fakers. Theirs are ′first class′ barracks that are clean; the beds are soft, there is plenty to eat, there are proper toilets, even the odd party. But one thing is made certain from the outset: they face death should their work lead to failure. This puts them in an unbearable moral dilemma: cooperating with their executioners will prolong the war and may mean victory for the Germans. Perhaps they can save their own skins, but they will put the lives of so many of their fellow-sufferers in jeopardy. All of sudden, it′s no longer a question of survival, but one of conscience.

Source: 57. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

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Director:Stefan Ruzowitzky
Assistant director:Anton Maria Aigner
Script supervisor:Iris Steiner
Screenplay:Stefan Ruzowitzky
based on:Adolf Burger (Lebenserinnerungen "Des Teufels Werkstatt")
Director of photography:Benedict Neuenfels
Assistant camera:Andreas Erben
Steadycam operator:Alexander Boboschewski
Optical effects:Sven Pannicke
Lighting design:Rainer Storus
Set design:Isi Wimmer (Szenenbild), Johannes Slapa
Set construction:Karl Kastner
Prop master:Gerhard Krummeich, Christian Krüger
Title:Franz Merlicek, Felix Broscheit
Make-up artist:Waldemar Pokromski
Costume design:Nicole Fischnaller, Patricia Schömitz (Assistenz), Peter Bax (Assistenz)
Editing:Britta Nahler
Sound design:Tatjana Jakob
Sound:Torsten Heinemann
Sound assistant:Roland Freinschlag
Audio mixing:Tobias Fleig
Special effects:Die Nefzers
Casting:Heta Mantscheff
Music:Marius Ruhland
Conductor:Allan Wilson
Music performer:Slowakisches Radiosymphonieorchester
Soloist:Ladislas Farkas (Klavier), Winfried Kraus (Gitarre)
  
Cast: 
Karl MarkovicsSalomon Sorowitsch
August DiehlAdolf Burger
Devid StriesowSS-Mann Friedrich Herzog
Martin BrambachSS-Mann Holst
August ZirnerDr. Klinger
Veit StübnerAtze
Sebastian UrzendowskyKolya
Andreas SchmidtZilinsky
Tilo PrücknerHahn
Lenn KudrjawizkiLoszek
Marian KalusPlappler
Norman StoffregenAbramovic
Bernd Raucamp1. KZ-Insasse
Gode Benedix2. KZ-Insasse
Oliver Kanter3. KZ-Insasse
Hans Peter Kortenbruck4. KZ-Insasse
Dirk PrinzSS-Wache
Hille BeselerGrete Herzog
Erik Jan RippmannBankdirektor
Tim BreyvogelAgent
Marie BäumerAglaia
Dolores ChaplinRothaarige
Arndt Schwering-SohnreyHans
  
Production company:Aichholzer Filmproduktion (Wien), Magnolia Filmproduktion GmbH (Hamburg)
in co-production with:Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures GmbH (Potsdam-Babelsberg), Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz)
Producer:Nina Bohlmann, Babette Schröder
Co-Producer:Josef Aichholzer, Henning Molfenter, Carl L. Woebcken
Producer (TV):Caroline von Senden
Line producer:Sonja B. Zimmer
Unit production manager:Christian Springer, Monika Maruschko
Location manager:Jan Enderlein, Stefan Rosenberg, Pia Gota
Production coordinator:Margaret Metz, Eva Cifrain
Post-production:Dietmar Morawe
Shoot:21.03.2006-04.05.2006: Wien, Monte Carlo; Studio Babelsberg Potsdam-Babelsberg
Original distributor:Universum Film GmbH (München)
Funding:FilmFörderung Hamburg GmbH (Hamburg), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Hessen Invest (Frankfurt am Main), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Österreichisches Filminstitut (ÖFI) (Wien), Filmfonds Wien (Wien), ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen (Wien), Land Oberösterreich (Linz), Land Niederösterreich (St. Pölten), Media Programm der EU (Brüssel)
Length:2691 m, 98 min.
Format:Super16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 30.10.2006, 107920, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 10.02.2007, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 15.03.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 28.01.2009, ZDF

Titles

Originaltitel (DE AT) Die Fälscher
Arbeitstitel (DE AT) Der Fälscher

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Original

Length:2691 m, 98 min.
Format:Super16mm - Blow-Up 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 30.10.2006, 107920, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 10.02.2007, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 15.03.2007;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 28.01.2009, ZDF
 

Awards

Academy Awards 2008
Oscar für den besten fremdsprachigen Film
 
Deutscher Filmpreis 2007
Lola
 

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