The Champagne Spy


Documentary
Documentary

Oded is just 12 years old when his father reveals to him he's a Mossad secret agent and makes the boy swear to secrecy because his life depends on it. While he leaves on his mission to Cairo as Wolfgang Lotz - ex Nazi millionaire and horse breeder - Oded and his mother remain alone in Paris, waiting anxiously for his return. Now Oded breaks a 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.


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The Champagne Spy

A Film by: Nadav Schirman
(Israel/Germany, 2007, 90 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles)

Winner of Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary 2007, Special Jury Nomination Award - DocAviv 2007, Nominated European Film Award for Best Documentary, Nominated for Best Mediterranean Feature Documentary for upcoming CMCA Awards 2007

In the early sixties, Oded is just 12 years old when his father reveals to him that he is a Mossad agent and makes the    boy swear to secrecy. He leaves his family 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 definitely 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’.

AWARDS, FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
• Palm Springs International Film Festival 2008 - John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature
• Israeli Film Academy 2007 - Best Documentary Award
• Doc-Aviv Film Festival 2007, Israel - Special Jury Nomination Award
• Israeli Documentary Forum (June 2007) - Best Production Award, Best Editing Award, Best Original Score Award, Best Soundtrack Award.
• Nominated European Film Prize – Best Documentary.
• Nominated for Best Mediterranean Feature Documentary for upcoming CMCA Awards 2007
• IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), Netherlands
• International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany
• Times BFI London Film Festival
• Seattle Film Festival
• Vancouver Film Festival
• Los Angeles Film Festival
• Euro-Docs Sevilla Film Festival
• Copenhagen Film Festival
• Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2008
• New Jersey Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Columbus Jewish Film Festival 2008, USA
• Philadelphia Israeli Film Festival 2008
• Burns Film Center, NY
• Brandeis Jewish Film Festival 2008, USA
• Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival 2008
• UK Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Washington Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Dayton Jewish Film Festival 2008, USA
• Grand Rapids Jewish Film Festival 2008, USA
• Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Portland Jewish Film Festival 2008, USA
• St. Louis Jewish Film Festival 2008, USA
• Brazil Israeli Film Festival
• Zagreb Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Dallas Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Cleveland Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Jersey Shore International Film Festival 2008
• San Jose Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Nashville Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Stamford Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Calgary Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Rutgers Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Rome Israeli Film Festival 2008
• Detroit Jewish Film Festival 2008
• Rochester Jewish Film Festival 2009
• Northern Virginia Film Festival 2009
• Montreal Jewish Library 2009
• Berlin Jewish Film Festival 2009
• Detroit Jewish Film Festival 2009
• Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival 2009
• Forum of Israeli Cinema in Russia 2009
• Brattleboro Jewish Film Festival 2009
• JCC Ottawa 2009
• UK JFF 2014