Bye bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...)

Sam Gabarski

Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, 2017 / 100 min / German version with English and French subtitles / Comedy

„Hitler is dead, but we are still alive!“ – David Bermann

1946. Frankfurt. A deportation camp. David Bermann and his six friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one objective: to go to America as soon as possible. For this they need money. A lot of money. Not an easy task in these difficult times. Close to his goal, David doesn’t just lose all of his savings but his shady past also catches up with him. Why does he have a second passport? Why was he on the Obersalzberg? Was he in touch with Hitler? This is what the ruthless Nazi hunter Sara Simon wants to find out.


Sam Gabarski directs the dramatic post-war comedy as an ode to life with a lot of gall, wit and Jewish humour. “Es war einmal in Deutschland…” is based on Michel Bergmann’s semi-autobiographical novels “Die Teilacher” and “Machloikes” that director and writer have managed to adapt congenially.

Thu 09/03 19:00 Kinepolis Kirchberg DE OV with FR & EN subt. Public
Cast & Credits
Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue, Mark Ivanir, Pál Mácsai, Anatole Taubman, Tim Seyfi, Hans Löw, Vaclav Jakoubek, Jeanne Werner, Jeffrey Mittelmann, Christian Kmiotek, Tania Garbarski, André Jung, Fabienne Hollwege
Michel Bergmann, Sam Garbarski, based on the novels "Die Teilacher" and "Machloikes" by Michel Bergmann
Virginie Saint-Martin
Carlo Thoss
Véronique Sacrez
Renaud Garcia-Fons
SAMSA FILM, Entre Chien et Loup, IGC Films
Samsa Film (Rightsholder)

Sam Gabarski had been living for twenty two years in Bavaria before he moved to Belgium where he founded an advertising agency in 1970. He directed many ads and a few short films before shooting his first feature “ Rashevki’s Tango” in 2003. ”Irina Palm”, starring Marianne Faithful, was a major breakthrough and international hit following a selection at the Official Competition in Berlin in 2007.

Sam Gabarski coproduced all his five feature films with Luxembourg based Samsa Film.

  • 2017- Es war einmal in Deutschland…
  • 2013 - Vijay and I
  • 2010 - Quartier lointain
  • 2007 - Irina Palm
  • 2003 - Le tango des Rashevski
  • 2001 - La vie, la mort & le foot (short)
  • 2001 - Joyeux Noël, Rachid (short)
  • 1999 - La dinde (short)