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Sky preview The Tattooist of Auschwitz

First-look images of Harvey Keitel, Melanie Lynskey, Jonah Hauer-King, Anna Próchniak, and Jonas Nay in the upcoming Sky and Peacock Originals series, The Tattooist of Auschwitz have been released.

The six-part series, based on the international bestselling novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, is inspired by the real-life story of Lali and Gita Sokolov, who met while prisoners in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during the Holocaust.

Claire Mundell, Executive Producer of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Creative Director at Synchronicity Films:

“We knew from the beginning that we wanted Jonah to play Young Lali. Once Jonah was on board, the challenge was on to find the perfect Gita. Anna was the most wonderful discovery for us during the casting process. She stood out so clearly and it became increasingly clear that only Jonah and Anna could portray the humanity, the spirit, the resistance, and the defiance of Lali and Gita. They have both delivered career-defining performances in this series.” 

The images see Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel as the modern-day Lali Sokolov, Jonah Hauer-King as Lali Sokolov in his younger years, Anna Próchniak as Gita Furman, Melanie Lynskey as Heather Morris, and Jonas Nay as Stefan Baretzki.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The series is set to debut globally on Thursday 2nd May across Sky Atlantic in the UK & Ireland and Peacock in the US and features a score from multi–Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer (Inception, Interstellar, Dune) and Kara Talve (Faraway Downs, Prehistoric Planet).

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the story of one man, Lali (Jonah Hauer-King), a Slovakian Jew, who, in 1942, was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the concentration camp where over a million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.

Shortly after arrival, he was made one of the Tätowierer (tattooists), charged to ink identification numbers onto fellow prisoners’ arms. One day, he meets Gita (Anna Próchniak) when tattooing her prisoner number on her arm. They experience love at first sight, and so begins a courageous, unforgettable, and human story. Under constant guard from a volatile Nazi SS officer Baretzki (Jonas Nay), Lali and Gita became determined to keep each other alive.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Around 60 years later, Lali (Harvey Keitel) meets novice writer Heather Morris (Melanie Lynskey). Recently widowed, Lali finds the courage to tell the world his story. In recounting his story to Heather, Lali, in his 80s, faces the traumatic ghosts of his youth and relives his memories of falling in love in the most horrific of places.

The images released showcase the scale and breadth of the production, as well as the remarkable attention to detail and authenticity of the series, which is executive produced by Claire Mundell through her company Synchronicity Films in association with Sky Studios and directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is produced by Synchronicity Films in association with Sky Studios and All3Media International. Jacquelin Perske is Executive Producer and lead writer for The Tattooist of Auschwitz alongside episode writers Evan Placey (Associate Producer) and Gabbie Asher. Serena Thompson is Executive Producer for Sky Studios. It will air at a date yet to be finalised on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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