2010, Anna Justice, Drama/Jewish
LENGTH: 105 min
COUNTRY: Germany, Poland
FORMATS: DCP, Blu-Ray & DVD
LANGUAGE: German, Polish, and English w/English subtitles
DIRECTOR: Anna Justice
CAST: Alice Dwyer, Mateusz Damięcki, Dagmar Manzel, Shantel Van Santen, David Rasche, Lech Mackiewicz, Susanne Lothar, Joanna Kulig, Adrian Topol, Florian Lucas
CREW: PRODUCER: Sven Woldt; ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Michael Ballhaus; SCREENWRITER: Pamela Katz; CINEMATAGRAPHER: Sebastian Edschmid; EDITOR: Uta Schmidt; MUSIC: Julian Maas and Christoph M. Kaiser
Inspired by actual events, Remembrance depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in Poland 1944. In a daring escape Tomasz, a young Polish political prisoner, rescues his Jewish fiancée Hannah, whom he meets while imprisoned. With the Nazis in pursuit and determined to deter future escapees, Hannah and Tomasz survive the initial chase and overcome all odds to make their way into hiding. Chaos ensues after Tomasz decides to rejoin the Polish resistance and find his brother. His role in the Resistance offer clues as to why Tomasz was imprisoned. He had promised to return for his fiancée, but Hannah is forced to flee once again before Tomasz is able to come back for her. They are torn apart and each becomes convinced that the other is lost.
More than thirty years later in New York City, the happily married Hannah believes to have seen her Tomasz in an interview on TV and begins to search for him. Uncovering years of tormenting memories, Hannah stumbles upon a revelation that will set her soul free. It is this revelation that leads the audience to develop a keen feeling of compassion for Hannah, and where the emotional power of the past and present collide. One part of Hannah wishes for the past to be finished and over, while the other part yearns for closure and remembrance, and a chance to revisit the man she owes her life to.
In her notes, script writer Pamela Katz refers to Israeli author David Grossman’s haunting question “What right do I have to touch the sore?” In a deep effort to avoid sentimentality and offensive clichés, Remembrance is a story constructed to not only accomplish this, but to deliver a stunning narrative that sensitively illuminates heroic events in such a dark time and place.
By Michael Fox
“To those who swore they’d seen enough Holocaust-themed films to last a lifetime: Rescind your vow, just this once. The German drama “Remembrance” (“Die verlorene Zeit”) is that good. It’s better than good, in fact. It’s unforgettable. Anna Justice’s fact-based saga relates a tale of escape from war-torn Poland nearly as incredible as Agnieszka Holland’s jaw-dropping “Europa Europa” did two decades ago. At the same time, “Remembrance” cuts between the past and the present (circa 1976) with far greater emotional force than the recent “Sarah’s Key” mustered.”
Libertas Film Magazine
By Joe Bendel
“[Remembrance] is one of the best Holocaust-themed features in recent years, considerably superior to Sarah’s Key, Protektor, and Berlin ’36. Highly recommended…”
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