The story of an extraordinary friendship like (probably) only a film can tell it: Once 83-year-old Ruth (Hannelore Elsner) was an admired cabaret singer, who charmed audiences with her saucy renditions of Jewish songs. Though she has not lost her snappy attitude, her will to live is fading due to her imminent move to a retirement home. Then she makes the acquaintance of young, severely ill Jonas (Max Riemelt), who reminds Ruth of her great love. And the two start to develop a unique relationship…Aptly titled "Auf das Leben!" ("To Life!"), Uwe Janson's film walks the fine line between melancholic character study and good-humored hymn to life, and boasts a memorable performance by Hannelore Elsner as the equally worldly-wise and romantic Ruth. And although its story sounds too picture-perfect to be true, "Auf das Leben!" was actually inspired by the biography of Maria Brauner, wife of legendary producer Artur Brauner. A personal detail that makes this inspiring film even more moving.