1991. France/Germany. Agnieszka Holland. 110 min.
Friday, January 2, 2009, 8:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1991. France/Germany. Written and directed by Agnieszka Holland. Based on the autobiography of Solomon Perel. With Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, Andre Wilms, Halina Labonarska. Holland's breakthrough into international acclaim, this true account of a Jewish adolescent's survival on both sides of the lines in World War II is poignant, terrifying, and frequently funny. Holland's screenplay received an Academy Award nomination; the film was widely expected to win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, but Germany refused to nominate it. Featuring beautiful performances by Hofschneider and a superb cast, the film brilliantly captures the absurdity of twentieth-century authoritarianism. In German, Polish, Russian; English subtitles. 110 min.