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  • Starring: Veronica Ferres, Armin Rohde, Margarita Broich, Martin Horn
  • Written By: Otto J├Ągersberg, Imo Moszkowicz, Heidrun Schleef
  • Distributed By: Menemsha Films
  • Country: Germany
  • Language: English, French, German

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Saviors in the Night

Jewish | 2011 | 95 min.
Directed by: Ludi Boeken

Saviors in the Night (Unter Bauern) is based on the memories of Marga Spiegel. In her narrative, published in 1965, she describes how courageous farmers in southern M├╝nsterland, Germany hid her, her husband Siegfried and their little daughter Karin from 1943 until 1945, saving them from deportation to the extermination camps in the East. 

Without reservation, these farmers offer the refugees their protection. That this turns them into heroes would never occur to them. They are used to weathering even dangerous situations somehow, guided only by their instinct and century-old code of ethics. They risk their own lives, and, if necessary, even that of their families. And this is their story.

The film tells this story of survival with a sense for the absurd in daily life and not without the typical Westphalian humor.

Critical Acclaim

Audience Award - Best Feature Fiction
Boston Jewish Film Festival 2010

Audience Award - Best Narrative Film
Pittsburgh Jewish Israeli Film Festival 2010

"This third feature by Dutch helmer-producer Ludi Boeken benefits from his docu background in its realistic, no-frills style and refreshingly unsentimental treatment of the subject."

-Derek Elley, Variety

"'Saviors'' is lifted up and made special by the complexities and social crosscurrents of the people it depicts."

-Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"Gripping... Provides the kind of rollercoaster tension of a Hollywood thriller."

-Eva Fogelman, the Jewish Daily Forward

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