Documentary Films


A Film by Nadav Schirman

A co-production by LICHTBLICK FILM and July August Productions

in co-production with ZDF/ arte
in collaboration with Filmstiftung NRW, New Israeli Foundation for Cinema

worldsales: Film Transit International (

90 minutes / Stereo / Color / Digi Beta

In the early sixties, Oded is just 12 years old when his father reveals to him being a Mossad agent and makes the boy swear to secrecy because his life depends on it. He leaves his familiy for a mission in Cairo, where German scientists from Peenemünde develop missiles for Egypt, a threat against Israel. Two years later Oded’s worst fears come true: His father gets caught in Cairo and is facing a death sentence. Also in the court room is a young, blonde lady from Germany, his father’s wife, but definetely not Oded’s mother...

40 years later Oded breaks his long silence and journeys into his father's real and covert identities, revealing the heavy price paid by his family, trapped in the shadows of espionage. High ranking Mossad officials appear in front of the camera for the first time to uncover the extraordinary case of ‚The Champagne Spy’.

written and directed by: Nadav Schirman
producer Israel: Eilon Ratzkovsky, Koby Gal-Raday
producer Germany: Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Commissioning Edition: ZDF/arte - Hans Robert Eisenhauer
DoP: Itai Neeman
Sound: Issachar Vishnia
sounddesign by: Gil Toren
Edition: Joelle Alexis
music by: Ran Bagno

Doc Aviv International Film Festival 2007

Jury Award beim Doc Aviv International Film Festival
Best Documentary Israeli Film Academy Awards
4 Awards bei den Israeli Documentary Forum Awards (Best Production, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Soundtrack)
Nominierung Best Documentary Prix Arte bei den European Film Awards
John Schlesinger Award
Palm Springs IFF
Specia Prize Editing, Riverrun Festival

Seattle IFF
Vancouver IFF
Los Angeles IFF
London BFI
DOK Leipzig
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