Before the Academy Awards ceremony Stefan Ruzowitzky told Bijan Tehrani, Editor in Chief of Cinema Without Borders: “Even becoming nominated was very important. The Counterfeiters is opening in the US and also in a few European and Asian countries in the past few weeks. The Academy Awards are an important mean in promoting a film. It brings a lot of awareness towards the nominated films. If we get to the stage tonight, it’s a great win, and if we don’t it is still a great achievement for the film”
In the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, a group of prisoners with skills ranging from finance to forgery are put to work under the direction of a master counterfeiter manufacturing perfect replicas of foreign bank notes. As the Nazis plot to cause the collapse of the U.S. and British economies by flooding their markets with false bills, some of the prisoners use delaying tactics to forestall the plan.