Max & Hélène

A film by Giacomo Battiato


Venice, 1944, Max, a Jewish student, is captured by the Nazis. Hélène, his French fiancée, pretends she is Jewish as well, so they both get deported to Poland. They get married on the train from where they escape, only to be captured again and separated. Max survives a firing squad and flees to Poland where he joins the resistance. Hélène will stay behind in the concentration camp to become the victim of the sadistic German officer, Koeller. In 1960, after surviving the War and the Soviet Gulag, Max finds out that Koeller killed Hélene and starts chasing him to get his revenge. During his manhunt, he meets Simon Wiesenthal, the famous Nazi hunter, who is also trying to catch Koeller. Wiesenthal will have a shocking surprise for Max…

Max & Helene is about an extreme love story on the backdrop of a tragic historic event, a desperate revenge, an incredible manhunt, about the search for justice and the need to move forward.

Produced by 11 Marzo Film and Rai Fiction


  • TV movie

  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Romance
  • War
  • Italy
  • 2015
  • 100’ min.
  • Available in Full HD
  • Language: English

Directed by

  • Giacomo Battiato


  • Alessandro Averone
  • Carolina Crescentini
  • Ennio Fantastichini
  • Ken Duken
  • Hanno Koffler
  • Magdalena Cielecka
  • Marisa Leonie Bach

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