Claus Räfle discusses The Invisibles at the 2018 New York Jewish Film Festival.
In June 1943, the German government famously declared Berlin “judenfrei”—free of Jews. But there were still about 7,000 Jews living in hiding in the German capital. In this extraordinary film, Claus Raefle tells the story of four of the 1,700 survivors who hid in plain sight throughout the war. The Invisibles brings suspense to a remarkable true story by using a hybrid of documentary and highly accomplished dramatizations (gorgeously photographed by Joerg Widmer, whose previous credits include Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and Wim Wenders’s Pina), which render the harrowing story even more astonishing.
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