"Schächten" LA Premiere Screening for Holocaust Remembrance Day

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"Schächten" LA Premiere Screening for Holocaust Remembrance Day

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day comes the story of law, justice and revenge in SCHACHTEN: A Retribution, a post-war thriller with Q&A

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Laemmle Royal 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard #1st floor Los Angeles, CA 90025

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In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day


Synopsis: Vienna 1960s - The young Jewish business man Victor (Jeff Wilbusch) has to witness how the prosecution of a Nazi crime against his family fails. The political and legal system is still virtually run by former Nazis with large parts of society being entangled in the past. Victor seeks the help of Simon Wiesenthal (Christian Berkel), the renowned “Nazi hunter” to bring to trial the Mauthausen commandant, Kurt Gogl. Victor loses faith in the justice system and takes matters into his own hands, leading to a shocking conclusion.

"Schäcten" explores the lives of Austrian Jews in the years following World War II and the legacies of anti-Semitism and racism that follow them. Director Thomas Roth warns, “Much of this story radiates into our present society and how quickly the cycle of hatred can re-emerge in all of us.”

Written & Directed by: Thomas Roth

2022 / Austria / German with English subtitles / 110 minutes

In partnership with the Austrian Consulate General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, American Jewish Committee, Holocaust Museum LA, Anti-Defamation League, Villa Aurora/Thomas Mann House, and JLTV.

Courtesy of Menemsha Films


Jeff Wilbusch is a German-Israeli actor who grew up in the Hasidic Satmar community of Mea Shearim, Jerusalem. Yiddish is his native language (among five others), and he is the eldest of 14 siblings. Jeff is best known for his role in the 2020 Netflix original miniseries “Unorthodox” where he portrayed Moishe Lefkovitch, the evil cousin, and won the Best Supporting Actor award. In 2021, he portrayed Uri Savir in the HBO motion picture “Oslo” and in 2022, he starred in Peacock’s series “The Calling”.

Thomas Roth is a freelance director and author since 1995. He’s received multiple awards, including the Erich Neuberg Prize, the Golden Romy and the Golden Ticket for his film “FALCO”. He is the screenwriter/director of the multiple award-winning TV series “Trautmann”. He has also contributed many films to the prominent German-language series “Tatort”, “Der Kommissar und das Meer”, “Kommissar Dupin” and “Der Kriminalist”.

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