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Bye Bye Germany (2017)

Es war einmal in Deutschland... (original title)
David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose: to go to America as soon as possible. For this they need money. Close to his aim, David is not only deprived of his savings but also overtaken by his shady past.


Sam Garbarski


Michel Bergmann (screenplay), Sam Garbarski (collaboration on screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Moritz Bleibtreu ... David Bermann
Antje Traue ... Special Agent Sara Simon
Tim Seyfi ... Fajnbrot
Mark Ivanir ... Holzmann
Anatole Taubman ... Fränkel
Hans Löw Hans Löw ... Verständig
Pál Mácsai Pál Mácsai ... Szoros
Václav Jakoubek Václav Jakoubek ... Krautberg
Jeanne Werner ... Elsa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joachim Paul Assböck ... Kleinschmitt
Joel Basman ... Lubliner (as Joel Basmann)
Jeff Burrell ... Officer
Harvey Friedman ... Joseph Goebbels
Tania Garbarski ... Frau Sonia
Éric Gigout Éric Gigout ... Jüdischer Gefangener


David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose: to go to America as soon as possible. For this they need money. Close to his aim, David is not only deprived of his savings but also overtaken by his shady past.

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Comedy | Drama | War


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Germany | Luxembourg | Belgium


German | English

Release Date:

27 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bye Bye Germany See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,874, 15 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$72,365, 8 November 2018
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Did You Know?


Within one scene David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his friends destroy the red Plymouth of their opponent. The actors really crashed the car with battens, picks and iron rods - and enjoyed it a lot. Actor Tim Seyfi described it: "For us it was a children's birthday party." Afterwards the car was an economical total loss. See more »


After buying the newspaper, the salesman in the passenger seat's window is up. When the next shot is from over his shoulder, the car window is down. See more »


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Performed by Evelyn Künneke
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Brilliant, funny, sad & moving. A post-war tale set in Germany and not made by Germany (the country that produced the Holocaust)
17 October 2017 | by antoniatejedabarrosSee all my reviews

Es war einmal in Deutschland … (Once upon in Germany, not Bye Bye Germany) is a brilliant movie set in Germany in 1946, right after all the atrocities that Germany committed. I really think that Germany forgot really fast the Holocaust and its gas chambers, and now the country is considered a modern and Eco-friendly country, but let's not forget that 75 years ago the whole country supported happily the humiliation and deportation of millions of people, the mass killings, and the gassing of men, women, and children (for the guilt and responsibility of the German common people in the Holocaust please read Yehuda Bauer's "Rethinking the Holocaust"). For that, I never understood why there are hardly any films about the Holocaust made in Germany, when, considering the magnitude of the tragedy, Germany should be doing 1 movie a day about the Holocaust (until reaching the 11 million). The really good German-speaking films critical movies about the Holocaust are actually not German: Die Fälscher (Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2007) is Austrian, Berlin'36 (Kaspar Heidelbach, 2009) is also Austrian, and the director of Es war einmal in Deutschland … (Sam Garbarski) was born in Germany but he is actually Belgian.

Es war einmal in Deutschland … is a funny, sad, and moving film that will make you laugh and cry. I don't think that here in Spain (I live in Madrid) the public really got the movie. If you don't know what a "Kapo" was, or what was happening at "the ramp" in Auschwitz (the majority of the Spanish public hardy know anything about the Holocaust) or what "Lechaim" means, you are going to miss some good points about the movie and some very good Jewish black humour.

The music of the film (composed by Renaud Garcia-Fons) is really beautiful. The cinematography (Virginie Saint-Martin), too.

The cast is absolutely AMAZING. Everybody is shining. Moritz Bleibtreu (Knockin' on Heaven's Door)'s performance is superb. And Anatole Taubman, Tim Seyfi, Mark Ivanir (Schindler's List), Antje Traue (Woman in Gold) are amazing too.

Go and see this movie today! You will learn some new things about the Holocaust, the biggest crime against Humanity. 10/10

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