The Forger

Directed by Maggie Peren

Release Year: 2022
Running time: 116
Country: Germany
Language: German with English Subtitles
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Directed by: Maggie Peren
Writer: Maggie Peren

Berlin, 1942. Cioma Schönhaus (Louis Hofmann, star of the hit Neflix series Dark) is a young Jewish man who won't let anyone take away his zest for life, especially not the Nazis. Since the best hiding spots are in plain sight, Cioma audaciously adopts the identity of a marine officer to escape being deported like his family before him. Drawing on his art school background, he joins a network of underground rescuers and becomes infamous for his masterfully forged IDs – created with just a brush, some ink, and a steady hand – that save the lives of hundreds of Jews by allowing them to escape the country. Meanwhile, he throws himself into the city's nightlife and even finds a fragile hope for love during the darkest moments of the war. His talent and propensity for boldness puts him in more and more danger, however, until his only chance of survival is one last forged document – with his own name on it. Based on a true story.


"The true story of a young German Jew who... forged no less than 300 false identity documents and saved the lives of hundreds of people."

- Séquences

"Celebrates the exuberant life force of a resourceful chameleon who refuses to play the victim.”

- Lee Marshall, Screen International

"One of the top five films at the Berlin Film Festival."

- Vogue

"Louis Hoffman embodies his character with a verve that smashes the screen."

- Séquences

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