Chichinette - The Accidental Spy

  • Chichinette – How I Accidentally Became a Spy (Worldwide English title)
  • An Unusual Spy (Working title)
All titles (8)
Documentary Feature | 2016-2019 | Biopic | Germany

Brief synopsis

It is only now, at the age of 98, that French Jewish Marthe Cohn can talk freely about her experience as a spy during the war. Known at the time as Chichinette, she was recruited as a young woman by the French army and sent to gather intelligence from inside Germany. At four and a half feet tall, Cohn – then as today – may not look like much of a threat, but her incredible bravery and resourcefulness contributed to the Nazis’ eventual defeat. The Accidental Spy is as dynamic as the woman whose extraordinary story it tells.


Production accountantAndrea Göpfert
2d animation directorAline Helmcke
Title designerJens Ole Mayer
ColoristChristine Hiam
Director of photographyGaetan Varone
Director of photographyNicola Hens
Additional photographyRaphaël Rueb
DirectorNicola Hens
EditorMichelle Barbin
ComposerRaphaël Bigaud
Music consultantAlexander Hacke
ProducerAmos Geva
Co-producerMarie Volkenner
Executive producerMichael Potter
Postproduction producerNicola Hens
Line producerMyriam Eichler
Archive producerStephen MaierArchivberatung
Enquiry assistanceSophie Holzberger
Sound re-recording mixerSilvio Naumann
Sound designerThomas Prulière
Foley artistPeter Roigk
Image researchSophie Holzberger

Production companies

Amos Geva


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Nicola Hens2019Studio Hamburg NachwuchDokumentarfilmNominated
Amos Geva2019Haifa International Film Festival [il]Special MentionWinner
Nicola Hens2020Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung FBW [de]Prädikat besonders wertvollWinner


2019IsraelHaifa International Film Festival
2019GermanyHof Int. Film Festival
2019GermanyKasseler Dokfest
2019Great BritainUK Jewish Film Festival


TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
First showingPolandCanal+ [pl]Saturday, 22/02/2020Canal+ Dokument


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 17/09/2020
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 30/10/2019