14th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival  March 28 – April 8, 2019

opening night

Bye Bye Germany

Thursday, March 15, 7:00 PM
Yiddish Book Center, Amherst

German star Moritz Bleibtreu is a defiant Holocaust survivor looking to strike it rich in postwar Frankfurt, in this brisk, polished drama tempered with bittersweet humor. Though haunted by his family’s murder at Auschwitz, hustler David Bermann (Bleibtreu) is determined to eke out a living in his battle-scarred homeland. He recruits some friends to a shady scheme, selling linens to Germans at highly inflated prices. Meantime, David faces interrogation by an American military intelligence officer who is determined to discover the secret he is hiding. With a jaunty klezmer-style score and Yiddish-inflected dialogue, this fresh historical perspective is an utterly engaging salute to European Jews who chose to tough out painful memories to reclaim their lives. (Note from Atlanta Jewish Film Festival).

Opening night reception at 6:00 PM

Q&A with Avionoam Patt, Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Hartford, and director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization

Drama | 2017 | 101 minutes
Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium | German with subtitles
Directed by Sam Garbarski



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