Hannah Arendt Germany (2012) Dir. Margarethe von Trotta “Trying to understand is not the same as forgiveness.” It’s difficult to put a point across successfully to people who can’t - or won’t - spend a moment to actually listen to what you are saying or understand the perspective you are coming from. The once celebrated … Continue reading Hannah Arendt
Fateless (Sorstalanság) Hungary (2005) Dir. Lajos Koltai Films about the Holocaust aren’t meant to be enjoyed in the same way as action thrillers or comedies yet can be enriching through their educational value. Setting Fateless apart from other films on this topic is being based on the semi-autobiographical Nobel prize winning novel by Holocaust survivor … Continue reading Fateless (Sorstalanság)
Fall Of The Innocent aka Lidice Czech Republic (2011) Dir. Petr Nikolaev The atrocities of World War II mean every country, especially in Europe, has a tragic story to tell, many of which have subsequently been made into a film. The complete evisceration of the village of Lidice is the Czech Republic’s entry into this … Continue reading Fall Of The Innocent aka Lidice
Son Of Saul (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 107 minutes approx. Any film which chooses as its subject the horrors of the Holocaust is inherently going to be harrowing experience for the viewer, but this bold debut from Hungarian director László Nemes presents us with a palpable and intimate look … Continue reading Son Of Saul
Phoenix Germany (2014) Dir. Christian Petzold How well do you know your partner? I mean really know them? Obviously things such as likes, dislikes, habits and general personality traits will be ingrained within you after a substantial length of time but could you be fooled by a look-a-like? This intriguing mystery drama, based loosely on … Continue reading Phoenix
A Secret (Un secret) France (2007) Dir. Claude Miller Quite often when a film set during the war bears the accompanying legend “Based on a True Story” it is not uncommon for some viewers to reach for a bag of salt before settling down to watch it. However, in this case such cynicism is not … Continue reading A Secret (Un secret)
In Darkness (W ciemności) Poland (2011) Dir. Agnieszka Holland World War II and in Nazi occupied Poland, the Jewish community of Lvov is being rounded up for slaughter by the German army. Sewage worker and petty thief Leopold Socha (Robert Więckiewicz) and his literal partner in crime Szczepek Wróblewski (Krzysztof Skonieczny) discover a group … Continue reading In Darkness (W ciemności)
Amen. Germany-Romania-France (2002) Dir. Costa-Gavras Word War II and chemist Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukur) joins the SS party in the belief that his water purification process, which uses a hydrogen cyanide mixture called Zyklon B, will help the soldiers on the frontline. However he is appalled to learn that it instead has been adapted for … Continue reading Amen.