CH-12. Bye Bye Germany

Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium, Feature Film, 2017, 102 min

Winner at Norwegian International Film Festival

Based on the author's own, often funny, family history of Jews left behind in Germany after the war, this film is full of Yiddish-isms. It features David Bermann, a dapper, smooth-talking former trader, fresh from the camps who is soon training a crack team of fellow camp survivors as door-to-door salesmen of “fine French bed linens.” Because Germany's retail networks have been destroyed, German widows scoop up the linens, and the motley sales force becomes quite successful. (All they want is to get the hell out of Germany.) But could Bermann have collaborated with the Nazis? The smart and attractive US officer Sara Simon conducts the secret interrogations. She wants to get to the heart of Bermann’s wartime memories, but his quick wit and wild tales are a challenge for Simon’s prosecutorial patience. Subtitled.

Directed by Sam Garbarski

Boulder Premiere

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Venues: The Boulder Theater; First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th Street; Boulder High; eTown Hall; Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium