From Academy Award® winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa)’s comes an adaptation of acclaimed British author Judith Kerr’s classic novel based on her childhood memories. The story of a Jewish family’s escape from 1933 Berlin to Europe tackles prejudice, exile, displacement and adaptation, as told from the perspective of the author’s alter ego, nine year-old Anna Kemper (Riva Krymalowski in her feature film debut).
Anna is too busy with schoolwork and friends to notice Hitler’s face glaring from posters plastered all over 1933 Berlin. But when her father (Oliver Masucci) — based on the prominent theater critic Alfred Kerr — suddenly vanishes, the family is secretly hurried out of Germany. Anna begins to understand life will never be the same as she and her family navigate unfamiliar lands and cope with the challenges of being refugees.
Caroline Link | Narrative | 119 minutes | German, French, with English Subtitles | $9.99
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“A truly unusual Holocaust era tale of a family trying to survive the rise of the Nazis.” – James Verniere, Boston Herald
“Link brings handsome period production values and a lyrical, restrained sensibility to a narrative that might not qualify as riveting, but exerts its own unmistakable emotional pull.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“Faithfully brings the autobiographical novel to the screen for younger generations. A poignant way to bring the emotional difficulty of becoming an exile to a child’s level.” – Nora Lee Mandel, Maven’s Nest
“In this bright, engaging film, Kerr’s story is faithfully and lovingly preserved, though its tougher, quirkier details are mollified by a layer of palatable movie gloss.” – Guy Lodge, Variety