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THE COUNTERFEITERS

by Stefan Ruzowitzky

synopsis

Monte Carlo during World War II. Salomon Sorowitsch, king of fraudsters in a world of gamblers, gigolos and easy women, is forced by the Nazis to use his counterfeiting talents on the trading floor, caught up in a war in which he is destined to perish. Like other Jews recruited in the concentration camps to use their skill for producing counterfeit money, he escaped the worst treatment meted out to other prisoners but was still unsure if he would come out alive.
Based on Adolf Burger’s memoirs of the Nazi period.

international title: The Counterfeiters
original title: Die Fälscher
country: Germany, Austria
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Stefan Ruzowitzky
release date: DE 22/03/2007, AT 23/03/2007, NO 21/09/2007, DK 05/10/2007, UK 12/10/2007, NL 25/10/2007, BE 19/12/2007, IT 25/01/2008, FI 01/02/2008, FR 06/02/2008
screenplay: Stefan Ruzowitzky
cast: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow
cinematography by: Benedict Neuenfels
film editing: Britta Nahler
art director: Christian Krüger, Gerhard Krummeich
costumes designer: Nicole Fischnaller
music: Marius Ruhland
producer: Nina Bohlmann, Babette Schröder, Josef Aichholzer
production: Magnolia Filmproduktion GmbH, Studio Babelsberg, Aichholzer Filmproduktion, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, ORF (AT), Filmförderung Hamburg, FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, ZDF (DE)
distributor: Filmladen, Falcom (DE), Lady Film (IT), ABC Distribution

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main awards/selection

Berlinale 2007 Official Competition
Deutscher Filmpreis (Lolas) 2007 Best supporting Actor (Devid Striesow)
Oscars 2008 Best Foreign Language Film
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