The Counterfeiters

The Counterfeiters

Stefan Ruzowitzky (2007)

15 Certificate


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This astonishing Second World War drama tells the true story of Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), a Jewish counterfeiter who is ensnared in a Nazi plot while incarcerated in a concentration camp. Arrested in pre-war Berlin, Sally survives long enough to be sent to Sachsenhausen, centre of a scheme to produce enough forged Allied currency to destabilise the US and UK economies. In return for their expertise, the forgers are granted privileges such as clean beds, cigarettes and food, but one of their number, Adolf Burger (on whose memoir this is based), is opposed to co-operating with the Nazis and attempts to sabotage the project. Writer/director Stefan Ruzowitzky doesn't foreground the Nazi brutality, letting it insinuate itself in the sounds of murderous violence that filter into the forgers' barracks from the camp, while the compelling screenplay wrestles with the moral agonies surrounding collaboration.


Premiere. Salomon Sorowitsch, a gifted forger in 1930s Berlin, is sent to a concentration camp where he is recruited for a special assignment - to create fake foreign currency as part of a plan to destabilise the US and British economies. Salomon's important role means he is spared the horror of the camp - but the morality of his actions begins to trouble him. Oscar-winning fact-based drama, starring Karl Markovics and August Diehl. In German, Russian, English and Hebrew.

Cast & Crew

Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch Karl Markovics
Adolf Burger August Diehl
Sturmbannführer Friedrich Herzog Devid Striesow
Hauptscharführer Holst Martin Brambach
Dr Klinger August Zirner
Atze Veit Stübner
Kolya Sebastian Urzendowsky
Zilinsky Andreas Schmidt
Dr Viktor Hahn Tilo Prückner
Loszek Lenn Kudrjawizki
Director Stefan Ruzowitzky
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Other Information

Language: German +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity.Available on: DVDReleased on: 12 Oct 2007