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Jacob the Liar

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Original title
Jakob, der Lügner (Jacob the Liar)
Running time
100 min.
Germany - East Germany (GDR) Germany - East Germany (GDR)
Jurek Becker, Frank Beyer. Novel: Jurek Becker
Joachim Werzlau
Günter Marczinkowsky
Co-production Germany - East Germany (GDR)-Czechoslovakia;
Deutsche Film (DEFA), Künstlerische Arbeitsgruppe, Fernsehen der DDR, Filmové Studio Barrandov
Drama. Comedy. War | II World War. Holocaust
A Jewish ghetto in the east of Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central Europe. In order to keep his companion in misfortune, Mischa, from risking his life for a few potatoes, he tells him what he heard and announces that he is in possession of a radio - in the ghetto a crime punishable by death. It doesn't take long for word of Jakob's secret to spread - suddenly, there is new hope and something to live for - and so Jakob finds himself in the uncomforting position of having to come up with more and more stories.
1976: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1975: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Actor (Brodský) and Interfilm (Recommendation)
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