Nicola Alice Hens

Germany, France , 2019 / 86 min / French & English OV with DE subt. / documentary

In collaboration with the Institut Pierre Werner and the Representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg
Director Nicola Alice Hens will be attending the screening

The story of a young Jewish girl who became a spy in Nazi Germany.

The untold story of a former French-Jewish spy, Marthe Cohn née Hoffnung, known under her alias Chichinette. In 1944, Marthe, a French Jew from Metz, joined the Free French Forces and became a member of the Intelligence Service of the French 1st Army. She crossed into Nazi Germany, assumed the identity of a German nurse and spied for the Allies, providing them with critical information on the Siegfried Line and a German ambush. At the age of 99, after keeping silent for almost 60 years, even to her husband, Marthe now tours the world, mesmerising audiences with her story, spark and irony, and promoting her message to people of all generations.

The film’s audience is invited to a walking lunch before the screening at 11.30 am. After the film, there will be an opportunity to debate with director Nicola Alice Hens.

The Institute Pierre Werner (IPW) is a European cultural center. It encourages cultural and intellectual exchange among its founding countries France, Germany and Luxembourg as well as with other European countries.

The mission of the Representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg is to communicate EU policies to stakeholders, media and citizens and to report on national developments to the Commission.

Tue 10/03 12:00 Cinémathèque FR & EN OV with DE subt. Public


Cast & Credits
Marthe Hoffnung Cohn, Major Cohn
Nicola Alice Hens
Gaëtan Varone, Nicola Alice Hens
Thomas Prulière, Fabio Viana Coggiola
Raphaël Bigaud, Vincent David
Amos Geva
German Film and Television Academy Berlin, Mérovée Film Production
Urban Distribution International

Nicola Alice Hens is a German director, editor and cinematographer. She studied at the German Film and Television Film Academy Berlin (DFFB), at the Bauhaus-University of Weimar, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Toulouse. She worked as a video journalist and assistant teacher during and after her studies and launched an intercultural film project for students in Senegal. Currently, she is teaching media art at the Weimar University while simultaneously developing her own artistic work. She worked as a cinematographer on several award-winning films such as Death & the Maiden (2014), Elisa (2016) which won the Best cinematography award at the Cambridge Film Festival, and In the Shade of the Apple Tree (2017). After Omulaule heißt Schwarz (2003) and Shalom Salam (2006) on which she worked as co-director, Chichinette – How I Accidentally Became A Spy (2019) is her first solo feature-length documentary as a director.

  • 2019 – Chichinette : ma vie d'espionne (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2014 – Babuschka, wo sind die Gäste? (court-métrage documentaire / short documentary / Kurzdokumentarfilm)
  • 2010 – Boogie Woogie Bernhard (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm
  • 2006 – Shalom Salam (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)
  • 2004 – Trouver chaussures (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)
  • 2003 – Omulaule heißt Schwarz (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)