Director: Cate Shortland
Starring: Saskia Rosendahl, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Ursina Lardi, Kai Malina, Ursina Lardi, Nele Trebs
A slow moving story about the loss of innocence set in Germany post Holocaust. It follows the lives of a family of children struggling in the wake of WWII to comprehend what just happened. Based on Rachel Seiffert’s novel, The Dark Room the story is told through the eyes of a teenage girl, Hannelore (Saskia Rosendahl) and her younger siblings Liesel (Nele Trebs), twin boys Jurgen (Mika Seidel), Gunther (Andre Frid) and babe-in-arms Peter. The children’s father is an S.S. officer (Hans-Jochen Wagner) who is arrested and as her Hitler-revering mother (Ursina Lardi) surrenders Lore is told to take her siblings to their grandmother in Hamburg. It is a 500-mile trek across a country in chaos. The group confronts death, deprivation but survive with the help of a young Jewish refugee Thomas (Kai-Peter Malina). Lore’s deeply instilled distrust of Jews makes for an ambivalent relationship between the maturing teenagers as Lore taxes to deal with the consequences of Nazi exploits, her parents’ accountability, and her own prejudices. English subtitles and pure arthouse.