Controversial Dox

Love, It Was Not

Maya Sarfaty
Screening time  
14.06. / Monday, 19:00 - 21:00 MM Centar Ticket
19.06. / Saturday, 14:00 - 16:00 Ticket

This is an tragic love story between Helena Citron, a young Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz, and the Austrian SS officer Franz Wunsch. Beautiful and full of life, Helena Citron, is taken to Auschwitz as a young woman, and soon finds unlikely solace under the protection of Franz Wunsch, a high-ranking SS officer who falls in love with her and her magnetic singing voice. Risking execution if caught, they went on with their forbidden relationship until the war ended and the camp was liberated. Thirty years later, a letter arrives from Wunsch’s wife asking Helena to “return the favour” – testify on Wunsch’s behalf. Faced with an impossible decision, Helena must choose. Will she help the man who brutalized so many lives, but saved hers? 


Maya Sarfaty

Maya Sarfaty was born in 1982 in Israel. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s film department. Her short film The Most Beautiful Woman (2016) has won a Student Academy Award for Best Foreign Documentary in Los Angeles, and other works have been presented worldwide in prominent venues, such as La Biennale di Venezia, Busan International Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival and many more. 

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Love, It Was Not

Austria, Israel
2020, 83'

Directed by:
Maya Sarfaty

Screenplay by:
Maya Sarfaty

Itay Gross, Ziv Berkovich, Christian Roth

Ayelet Albenda, Shlomit Gopher

Edited by:
Sharon Yaish

Nir Sa'ar, Kurt Langbein

Produced by:
Pagoda Productions, Langbein & Partner Media GmbH & Co KG

Festivals & Awards:

DocAviv 2020 – Frank Lowy Award for the Best Israeli Film
IDFA 2020

Hot Docs 2020
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2020

Miami Jewish Film Festival 2020
Jewish International Film Festival 2020


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