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by Elkan Spiller


Chaim Lubelski, was part of the jet set of St. Tropez, a successful businessman in New York, and a scholar of Judaism. At the age of 63, he moved to Antwerp to live with his mother – a concentration camp survivor – taking care of her, day and night, with true love and joy. In L'CHAIM!, his feature film debut, director and producer Elkan Spiller introduces us to his eccentric and charismatic cousin, whose non-conformist life, as a second-generation survivor, is deeply affected by the Holocaust, and its traumatic aftermath. His is a life full of absurdities and tenderness, which, like Spiller's film, evades all clichés.

international title: L'Chaim!: To Life!
original title: L'Chaim - Auf das Leben!
country: Germany
year: 2015
genre: documentary
directed by: Elkan Spiller
film run: 92'
release date: DE 27/08/2015
screenplay: Elkan Spiller
cast: Chaim Lubelski, Nechuma Lubelski
cinematography by: Elkan Spiller, Simon Arazi, Asaf ben Ami, Ron Ramirez, Virgine Saint Martin
film editing: Günter Heinzel
music: Michael Benhayon
producer: Elkan Spiller
production: Elkan Spiller Filmproduktion
backing: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board
distributor: Mindjazz Pictures


main awards/selection

Munich International Film Festival 2014 

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