Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

To Life!
(Auf das Leben!)

Year: 2014
Country: GERMANY
Run Time: 86 minutes

To Life!
To Life!
To Life!
To Life!
To Life!

No wonder Ruth Weintraub is bitter. She’s being moved from her comfortable home to a modern soulless place in Berlin. But the sight of a young moving man named Jonas takes her breath away – mid-suicide. Jonas rushes her to the hospital, then goes back to her place. He gets her old film projector running – and finds himself onscreen. At least it’s a man who looks like him, interviewing young Ruth on film. Ruth was once a vivacious Yiddish cabaret singer, and Jonas persuades her to tell her story. How she was born in Lodz. How she was put in a truck and moved east. How her mother shoved her out of the truck so she would live. As Ruth’s past unfolds, we learn Jonas, too, has secrets. In forging an unlikely bond, they now find reasons to go on living. TO LIFE! features snazzy new arrangements of Yiddish standards, sung by fabulous Sharon Brauner. (In German with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2:45 PM -
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:40 PM -
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:05 PM

Sidebar
Jewish and Israeli Visions

Director
Uwe Janson

Uwe Janson trained as a photographer, then studied sociology, philosophy, and German in Heidelberg, before being rejected by the Munich Film School. Two years later his first film won international awards, and he has since made many cinema and television films.

Filmography
"Baal" (2004), "Peer Gynt" (2006), "The Sinking of the Laconia" (2010), TO LIFE! (2014)

Producer
Alice Brauner

Screenwriting
Thorsten Wettcke

Cinematography
Peter Joachim Krause

Editing
Boris Gromatzki

Principal Cast
Hannelore Elsner, Max Riemelt, Aylin Tezel, Sharon Brauner, Andreas Schmidt, Catherine Flemming, Mathieu Carrière, Timothy Peach, Markus Maria Profitlich

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