Alice BRAUNER (CCC-Filmkunst Berlin), Michael ZECHBAUER (Co-Producer)
Fate has taken its toll on the ageing cabaret singer Ruth and the young but terminally ill Jonas. Yet despite their great age difference and their entirely opposite experiences in life, they form an intense bond and give each other a reason and purpose to live.
"To Life!", which translates into German as "Auf das Leben!" and into Hebrew as "L'Chaim!", is a popular Jewish toast that symbolizes the atmosphere of this film. In the subtle and always demure interplay between Hannelore Elsner, the grande dame of German cinema, and versatile young star Max Riemelt (“Sense 8”,"The Wave", "Napola"), Janson weaves a tale that effortlessly shifts between World War II, the post-war generation and today. It features intensely moving renditions of Jewish music classics that have been re-recorded and newly interpreted for this film, and that suffuse the film with the palpable feel of a culture of defiance and life.