a genius con artist put to work by the nazis. a survivor’s tale you’ve never seen before.
die fälscher (aka the counterfeiters) is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the nazis in 1936. salomon “sally” sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. he lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in berlin during the nazi-era. suddenly his luck runs dry when arrested by superintendent friedrich herzog. immediately thrown into the mauthausen concentration camp, salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of sachsenhausen. upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with herzog, who is there on a secret mission. hand-picked for his unique skill, salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program operation bernhard. the team, which also includes detainee adolf burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance.
dir.: stefan ruzowitzky crime / drama / war 2007
karl markovics as salomon ‘sally’ sorowitsch august diehl as adolf burger devid striesow as sturmbannführer friedrich herzog
first austrian film to win an academy award in the best foreign language film category.