Love, It Was Not

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  • Directed by: MAYA SARFATY
  • Produced by: NIR SA´AR, KURT LANGBEIN
  • Artwork: SHLOMIT GOPHER, AYELET ALBENDA
  • Length: 83′ 
  • Country: Israel, Austria
  • Year: 2020 

Love, It Was Not is a tragic love story between a prisoner and a Nazi. 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 favor”– 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’s diverse body of work combines a deep sense for drama with unique cinematic abilities. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s film department, decorated with Excellency by the dean of the Humanities faculty and graduated from the leading acting school in the country.

Her last short film 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.