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Australia, 2012, 109 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: United Kingdom, Germany
Topics: History, War, Woman Director
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: German English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Audience Award, Locarno Film Festival; Best Film, Hamburg Film Festival

Australian director Cate Shortland created a stir with her debut, Somersault, eight years ago. Among other things, it introduced Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington to the world. Her belated follow up is unexpected, a German-coproduction set in Europe, 1945. As Allied forces sweep across the Motherland, Lore and her four younger siblings are stranded after their high-ranking SS officer father and disdainful mother are imprisoned. To survive, the five children embark on an incredible journey across the devastated country, from Bavaria to their grandmother’s house in Hamburg, 900 km to the north.

On the road, the Nazi-indoctrinated children struggle to survive the punishing postwar conditions. Food is hard to come by, dead bodies proliferate, and their safety seems threatened at every turn. In this dire circumstances the imperious Lore eventually starts to understand the reality and consequences of her parents’ actions, their support of Hitler and his disastrous war. When the mysterious and resourceful Thomas, who is carrying papers identifying himself as a Jew, joins their tattered group and takes on the role of leader, Lore loses her sexual innocence as well.

Winner: Audience Award, Locarno Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Cate Shortland
Producer: Karsten Stöter, Liz Watts, Paul Welsh, Benny Dreschel
Editor: Veronika Jenet
Screenwriter: Robin Mukherjee, Cate Shortland
Cinematographer: Adam Arkapaw
Music: Max Richter
Principal Cast: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Mika Seidel, André Frid, Eva-Maria Hagen
Filmography: Somersault (2004)
Print Source: Music Box Films - www.musicboxfilms.com

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