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15. Mai 2017

Munich, 15 May 2017. It is a deeply moving story that has remained untold until now; at Cannes Film Market, Beta Cinema presents the docudrama THE INVISIBLES which sheds light on Jewish citizens in 1943, who, when the Nazis declared Berlin “free of Jews,” had to go underground by hiding in plain sight.

Director Claus Raefle and DOP Joerg Widmer (Pina, Tree of Life) intertwine dramatic re-enactments with impressive interviews with four surviving witnesses, describing their lives as teenagers and young adults under the most dangerous circumstances and with an unknown future. The two levels blend together into an intense, emotionally moving film, with its authenticity never allowing the viewer to forget that everything featured has actually happened like this 70 years ago.

Beta Cinema presents THE INVISIBLES in Private Screenings during the Cannes Film Market.

Berlin, February 1943: The NS regime declares the Reich’s capital “free of Jews.” At this point in time, 7000 Jewish men, women and children have succeeded in going underground. Cioma Schoenhaus (Max Mauff, Bridge of Spies) is one of them, earning his living as a forger of passports, which allows him to even buy a sailboat. Ruth Arndt (Ruby O. Fee, Ghosthunters – On Icy Trails) pretends to be a war widow and serves black-market gourmet foods in the apartment of an NS officer. Hanni Lévy, only seventeen, with dyed blonde hair strolls along the Ku’damm, because she has no place to stay, hungry and endlessly tired, whereas Eugen Friede joins a resistance group and escapes the Gestapo only by the skin of his teeth. All of them are THE INVISIBLES, living on their own in illegality, forced to make decisions every day that could claim their lives.

Claus Raefle, director & producer: "To us, this film represents a plea for help being necessary and possible – at any time, everywhere. If there was a way to contribute to change even under a terror regime, it should count for something today. The courage and resourcefulness of the young protagonists is inspiring. Although the circumstances were threatening and deeply tragic, there are elements which still can be uplifting and encouraging today.”

Beta Cinema’s Thorsten Ritter: “THE INVISIBLES is, in the best sense, incredible, as we can barely believe the innocent and naïve, yet resourceful and immensely courageous manner in which our protagonists continued to live through and in the end survived the Nazi regime. But by linking dramatizations, archival material and interviews, the viewer can realize that we are in fact seeing the real life stories of these four Jewish survivors on screen. This makes THE INVISIBLES a unique historical testimonial to these individuals and the resistance.”

THE INVISIBLES is produced by Look! Filmproduktion and cine plus Filmproduktion. Tobis will release the feature this fall in Germany.

Private Screenings Cannes Film Market:
May 17th, 4 pm, Olympia 4
May 19th, 12 pm, Palais K
By invitation only

For further information:
Beta Cinema Press, Dorothee Stoewahse, Tel: + 49 89 63 84 627, press@betafilm.com

Pictures available at:
ftp.betafilm.com, username: ftppress01, password: 8synopsis, File: Beta Cinema/Cannes FF 17