Süskind by Rudolf van den Berg

Drama ,
Dutch, German
118 minutes
Jeroen Spitzenberger (TWIN SISTERS)
Katja Herbers
Nyncke Beekhuyzen
Directed by:
Rudolf van den Berg (TIRZA)
Produced by:
Cadenza Films B.V., Fu Works
A true World War II story from the producers of BLACK BOOK.

Amsterdam, summer 1942. Walter Süskind (JEROEN SPITZENBERGER) can count himself lucky that he's found a job with the Jewish Council, which offers him and his family protection from deportation to Germany. One night, Walter witnesses the arrest of a Jewish family. The couple's children Roosje and Simon escape, but how will they survive in the occupied city? It is Süskind's task to arrange for the detainees to be sent to work in Germany. But when he discovers what is really awaiting his fellow Jews, he decides to double-cross the Germans. He befriends a high-ranking SS officer, Aus der Fünten (KARL MARKOVICS), while cooperating with the underground movement. With other co-conspirators, he devises cunning ways to help save many children from certain death. Among those children are Simon and Roosje, who were ultimately picked up. But the lives of Walter and his family are also endangered when Aus der Fünten begins to suspect that Walter is not the trustworthy manager he seems to be. The SS man has become attached to Walter and prefers to believe that Walter is really his friend. When his superiors convince him that Süskind is the brains behind this operation, Aus der Fünten explodes. Deeply hurt and feeling betrayed, he takes revenge on the only person in Amsterdam he feels close to.

Beta Cinema takes off in Cannes with number of first sales
Munich, 17 May 2012. Beta Cinema has gotten off to a great start at the Cannes Film Market, and has already inked a number of deals, including some sales for the international Market Premiere LOST IN SIBERIA as well as for the World War II-drama SÜSKIND.

Beta Cinema starts brisk EFM led by IN DARKNESS and HELL
Berlin, 10 February 2012. Beta Cinema has gotten off to a brisk start at this year’s European Film Market at the Berlinale led by Academy Award nominee IN DARKNESS and the thriller HELL.

Beta Cinema presents competition title, Oscar nominee, world premieres and Lola candidates at Berlinale 2012
Munich, 25 January 2012. At this year’s Berlinale, Beta Cinema will be presenting the world premieres of MERCY (official competition), BLISS (Berlinale Special) and SÜSKIND (EFM) as well as IN DARKNESS by Polish director Agnieszka Holland, which is nominated for the Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film.

Screenings Berlinale 2012 - MARKET PREMIERE

Friday | Feb 10th | 3:25 p.m. | CineStar 2
Wednesday | Feb 15th | 11:30 a.m. | CineStar 6

“A beautiful and inspiring story, skillfully and lovingly portrayed. Every camera set-up supports dramatic purpose, and acting is sublime, comprising even the smallest parts.” (De Telegraaf)

“A war drama that merits comparison with Steven Spielberg's “Schindler's List”. Overall excellent interpretations of roles, with a constant thriller element present in the delicate and ambivalent relationship between Süskind and the Nazi officer he has to deal with.” (Algemeen Dagblad)

SÜSKIND is convincing as a historical drama and manages to put a new perspective on a period that had seemingly exhausted the public's interest. It was director Rudolf van den Berg's aim to arouse total perplexity at the horrors that took place, and he has succeeded brilliantly. (De Volkskrant)

“Few Dutch films manage to reflect on the Second World War with so much nuance as SÜSKIND. “Black Book”, the last major Dutch movie about the 2nd World War already tried to look at history with more tones than just black and white. However, with Paul Verhoeven in the director's chair, this resulted in one bad guy among all the Dutch good guys, and one good guy among all the Nazi bad guys. “SÜSKIND portrays all the main characters in real shades of gray. (De Filmkrant)