Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Bye Bye Germany
(Es war einmal in Deutschland)


Year: 2017
Country: GERMANY
Run Time: 101 minutes

Bye Bye Germany
Bye Bye Germany
Bye Bye Germany
Bye Bye Germany

The year is 1946 and David Bermann and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, are in a displaced persons camp run by American forces. David is orchestrating the sale of linens to Germans, using outlandish stories to earn enough to get himself and his friends to America. This is threatened by investigations into whether David possibly collaborated with the Nazis, who wanted to use his joke and storytelling skills to teach Hitler to be more humorous. As the sales efforts get wilder, the investigation deepens and David tells the story of his time in the camps. Is it the real story or the ultimate sales pitch to escape the past? Just who is conning whom, and what truth really matters? Never trivializing or sidestepping the horrors of the Holocaust, BYE BYE GERMANY still mines it for unexpected veins of humor and insight. Both gut wrenching and upbeat, BYE BYE GERMANY asks: When everything collapses and survival is all, who’s to judge if a good con or a good laugh is wrong? (In German with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 05, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Friday, April 06, 2018 at 11:40 AM

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 6:55 PM

Jewish and Israeli Visions

International Narrative Competition

Sam Garbarski

Sam Garbarski was born in 1948 in Planegg, Bavaria, Germany. At the age of 22, he moved to Belgium where he founded an advertising agency that he directed until 1997. In 1998 he went on to filmmaking with his first short film “La dinde.” Garbarski has gone on to write and direct numerous short and feature films.

Rashevski's Tango (2003), Irina Palm (2007), Quartier lointain (2010), Vijay and I (2013), BYE BYE GERMANY (2017)

Jani Thiltges, Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, Sebastien Delloye

Michel Bergmann

Virginie Saint-Martin

Peter R. Adam

Principal Cast
Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue, Tim Seyfi, Mark Ivanir, Anatole Taubman

Print Source

This film is presented in loving memory of NATALIE FORMAN, an avid and passionate film goer and mother of CIFF founder Jon Forman.

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