The Counterfeiters

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As part of its “Finest in World Cinema” series, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will screen Stefan Ruzowitzky’s 2008 Academy Award-winning drama, “The Counterfeiters,” on Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Based on the memoir by Adolf Burger, “The Counterfeiters” tells the inspirational story of World War II concentration camp prisoners who have been given the task of forging millions of British pound and U.S. dollar notes to support the German war effort. Using all their cunning, these fiercely independent prisoners are able to overcome deadly odds and survive in German’s Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

While the film is based on real-life tragedy, it never loses its primary objective as a work of dramatic entertainment. Deft balancing by the director keeps this moving tale from becoming too bleak and depressing while addressing a topic not often explored in Holocaust cinema: the dilemma of victims who were forced to act immorally and illegally for the betterment of their captors.

“The Counterfeiters” is in German/Russian/English/Hebrew with subtitles, 98 minutes long, and is rated R.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students/seniors, or $3 for WHBPAC Film Society members, available by calling the Arts Center box office at (631) 288-1500, stopping by the PAC at 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and later on show nights, or online at www.WHBPAC.org.

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