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The Forger (Der Passfälscher) trailer
The Forger (Der Passfälscher)

Kino Lorber debuted the official US trailer for The Forger (Der Passfälscher), the German drama based on the true story of Samson “Cioma” Schönhaus, a Jewish graphic artist who forged documents to help others escape the Nazis. 

Directed by Maggie Peren, The Forger had its world premiere at the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival, and stars Louis Hofmann as Cioma, along with Jonathan Berlin, Luna Wedler, and Nina Gummich.

Berlin, 1940. 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.

Watch the official trailer for The Forger (Der Passfälscher).

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