The Mandel JCC's Leonard Krieger Cleveland Jewish FilmFest - Berlin '36
Drama, Germany, 2009, 100 minutes, German with subtitles
Director: Kaspar Heidelbach
Thursday, October 7 • 7 pm • Shaker Square Cinemas
Inspired by the true story of Jewish high jumper Gretel Bergmann, Berlin ‘36 portrays a remarkable piece of forgotten Olympic history. Bergmann was considered a top contender for the gold medal at the 1936 Summer Games in Nazi-controlled Berlin. With the Americans threatening an Olympic boycott if Jewish athletes were barred from competing, Bergmann is invited to training camp. Uncomfortable with a Jewish athlete on the Aryan team, the Nazis conspire to replace her with an unknown athlete, who years later is revealed to be a man. Berlin ‘36 is the exploration of a tenuous friendship between two outsiders who find themselves in unimaginable circumstances.
Tickets for the Opening Night film and reception are $15 per person.
Opening Night Sponsor:
Film Sponsor: Sally & Larry Sears