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Source: FilmTeam

You Won't Recognize Mario Casas in 'The Photographer of Mauthausen' on Netflix

By Anna Quintana

If you're looking for a feel-good movie on Netflix, we wouldn't recommend the WWII drama, The Photographer of Mauthausen

The Spanish film tells the story of photographer Francisco Boix, who was captured by the Germans in 1940 and was one of 7,000 Spaniards in the Mauthausen–Gusen concentration camp in Austria, a fact most people don't know. 

"What has been shown is that most people in Spain don’t know there were Spanish prisoners in Mauthausen," director Mar Targarona told Variety. "The numbers don’t coincide according to the sources, but there were around 7,500, of which about 2,000 survived." 

The director also revealed that whether Francisco survived or not (we won't spoil that now), his photographs— he hid an estimated 20,000 negatives during his time in the SS photographic service at Mauthausen — actually helped put war criminals behind bars. He also had the help of a local woman named Anna Pointner (played by Marta Holler), who rescued hundreds of negatives.