The Counterfeiters


1h 38m 2007

Brief Synopsis

Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp, Salomon exhibits exc

Film Details

Also Known As
Counterfeiters, Die Falscher, Falscher, Die, Falskmyntarna, faussaires
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Abc Distribution; Aichholzer Filmproduktion; Beta Film; Beta Film; Nefzer Babelsberg Gmbh; Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures Gmbh; Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (Zdf)
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; 24 Bilder; 35 Milim; Alfa Films; Audiovisual Enterprises (Greece); Chantier Films; Continental Film D.O.O. (Cf); Continental Film S.R.O. (Slovakia); Eco Filmes; Europa Filmes; Filmladen Gmbh; Fivia; J-Bics; Madman Entertainment Pty., Ltd.; Metrodome Distribution; Métropole Films Distribution; Nordisk Film; Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution Oy; Nordisk Film Tv; Prisvideo; Rezo Films; Sena; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; Universum Film Gmbh; Wanda Visión S.A.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Synopsis

Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with Herzog, who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Berhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. But while Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's allied opponents, Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop Operation Bernhard's aid to the war effort. Faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions, which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners, are ultimately the right ones.

Crew

Kurt Adler

Makeup

Josef Aichholzer

Producer

Anton Maria Aigner

Assistant Director

Alexander Boboschewski

Steadicam Operator

Nina Bohlmann

Producer

Felix Broscheit

Titles

Adolf Burger

Source Material

Sonali Chatterjee

Makeup

Eva Cifrain

Production Coordinator

Jan Enderlein

Location Manager

Ladislas Farkas

Music

Nicole Fischnaller

Costumes

Tobias Fleig

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Pia Gota

Location Manager

Rainer Heesch

Sound Design

Torsten Heinemann

Sound Recordist

Aurora Hummer

Makeup

Tatjana Jakob

Sound Design

Karl Kastner

Construction Manager

Marc De Keller

Assistant Director

Winfried Kraus

Music

Christian Kriger

Props

Gerhard Krummeich

Props

Helene Lang

Makeup

Daniela Langauer

Makeup

Alain Lutzy

Makeup

Heta Mantscheff

Casting

David Marschalsky

Steadicam Operator

Monika Maruschko

Production Manager

Andreas Meixner

Makeup

Franz Merlicek

Titles

Margaret Metz

Production Coordinator

Timon Modersohn

Assistant Director

Henning Molfenter

Coproducer

Dietmar Morawe

Post-Production Supervisor

Chris Muller

Sound Editor

Britta Nahler

Editor

Benedict Neuenfels

Director Of Photography

Benedict Neuenfels

Dp/Cinematographer

Margrit Neufink

Makeup

Michaela Oppl

Makeup

Markus Pohlus

Steadicam Operator

Waldemar Pokromski

Makeup

Margot Raatzke

Makeup

Erwin Reichi

Stunt Coordinator

Stefan Rosenberg

Location Manager

Marius Ruhland

Original Music

Stefan Ruzowitzky

Screenplay

Babette Schroder

Producer

Johannes Slapa

Set Decorator

Christian Springer

Production Manager

Iris Steiner

Script Supervisor

Rainer Stonus

Gaffer

Elisabeth Vollnhoger

Makeup

Caroline Von Senden

Coproducer

Susanne Weichesmiller

Makeup

Rainer Werner

Stunt Coordinator

Allan Wilson

Music Conductor

Isidor Wimmer

Production Designer

Carl Woebcken

Coproducer

Susanne Wrobel

Makeup

Film Details

Also Known As
Counterfeiters, Die Falscher, Falscher, Die, Falskmyntarna, faussaires
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Abc Distribution; Aichholzer Filmproduktion; Beta Film; Beta Film; Nefzer Babelsberg Gmbh; Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures Gmbh; Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (Zdf)
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; 24 Bilder; 35 Milim; Alfa Films; Audiovisual Enterprises (Greece); Chantier Films; Continental Film D.O.O. (Cf); Continental Film S.R.O. (Slovakia); Eco Filmes; Europa Filmes; Filmladen Gmbh; Fivia; J-Bics; Madman Entertainment Pty., Ltd.; Metrodome Distribution; Métropole Films Distribution; Nordisk Film; Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution Oy; Nordisk Film Tv; Prisvideo; Rezo Films; Sena; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; Universum Film Gmbh; Wanda Visión S.A.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Award Wins

Best Foreign Language Film

2007

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States 2008

Released in United States August 2007

Released in United States February 2007

Released in United States November 2007

Released in United States on Video August 5, 2008

Released in United States September 2007

Released in United States Winter February 22, 2008

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 8-18, 2007.

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Gala) August 15-26, 2007.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (World Cinema) January 24-February 3, 2008.

Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 31-September 3, 2007.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) September 6-15, 2007.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Cinema of Our Time) September 27-October 12, 2007.

Based on the book "Des Teufels Werkstatt" written by Adolf Burger; published by Verlag Neues Leben November 1, 2001.

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 31-September 3, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Cinema of Our Time) September 27-October 12, 2007.)

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (World Cinema) January 24-February 3, 2008.)

Released in United States February 2007 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 8-18, 2007.)

Released in United States Winter February 22, 2008

Released in United States August 2007 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Gala) August 15-26, 2007.)

Released in United States on Video August 5, 2008

Released in United States September 2007 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) September 6-15, 2007.)

Released in United States November 2007 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (World Cinema) November 1-11, 2007.)