Best of the Fest - Audience Favorite
Monday, January 16, 7:30 PM
Palm Springs Regal 9
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Germany, 2011, 96 Minute Running Time
Topics: Dance/Music, Drama, History, Jewish Interest, War
Program: World Cinema
Language: German English Sub-Titles
Awards: DIrector prize at Jerusalem FF
Thanks to the Hitler-Stalin non-aggression pact, Poltava, Ukraine, in 1941 was still a place where the fruits of civilization—in the case of Wunderkinder, music—flourished. Of course, all that changed when the Nazis invaded, and Marcus O. Rosenmüller’s achievement is to evoke those pre- and post-invasion times through the eyes of three children, all of them gifted musicians.Pianist Larissa (Imogen Burell) and violinists Abrascha (Elin Kolev) and Hanna (Mathilda Adamik) share a great love of music and a friendship based on the joy they take from constant discovery—all three dream of playing Carnegie Hall one day. When the Nazis invade, the three of them—Larissa and Abrascha being Jewish and Hanna being German—find their friendship torn apart and their worlds collapsing through no fault of their own….Rosenmüller’s heartfelt drama is free of cliché and filmed with consummate skill. He gets great performances from his three lead actors and manages to upend audience expectations in surprising ways. Dedicated to the memory of the half-million children who perished in the Holocaust, Wunderkinder is a moving tribute to innocence.
Director Marcus Rosenmuller and Writer Stephen Glantz are expected to attend both screenings.
DIRECTOR: Marcus O. Rosenmüller
Producer: Alice Brauner, Artur Brauner
Editor: Raimund Vienken
Screenwriter: Stephen Glantz, Markus Rosenmüller, Rolf Schübel, Kris Karathomas
Cinematographer: Roman Nowocien
Music: Martin Stock
Principal Cast: Imogen Burell, Elin Kolev, Mathilda Adamik, Kai Wiesnger, Catherine Flemming, Gedeon Burkhard, Gudrun Landgrebe
Filmography: Stilles Tal (2011), Der Tote Tacher im Walt (1999)
Print Source: Cinépol a Division of Telepol - www.telepol.com
Official Film Website