Some French and German films to watch on Holocaust Memorial Day


 

FRENCH DVDS

AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (PG)   1987  FRANCE  MALLE, L.  £19.99 

Wartime drama set in a wintry catholic boarding school. The film  probes the relationship between a young student and his reserved new Jewish classmate, who is hiding from the  Germans.
LE CHANT DES MARIÉES /THE WEDDING SONG (15) 2008 FRANCE  ALBO, KARIN U    IN ARABIC & FRENCH  £15.99
Drama set during World War Two, following two women who try to maintain their friendship under difficult circumstances. Nour and Myriam, an Arab and a Jew who have been best pals since childhood, find their lives in turmoil as the Nazis gain control over Tunis
LE CHAGRIN ET LA PITIÉ/SORROW AND THE PITY (E) FRANCE 1969  OPHULS, MARCEL   £24.99
Film combines interviews with archive footage to explore the reality of occupation of the industrial city Clermont-Ferrand by the Germans in World War Two.
LE DERNIER MÉTRO/LAST METRO (PG) FRANCE 1980 TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS £19.99
Depardieu and Deneuve in a wartime story of a theatre  troupe  whose Jewish director must stay hidden from the Gestapo.
ELLE S’APPELAIT SARAH/SARAH’S KEY (12) 2010  FRANCE  PAQUET-BRENNER, GILLES    £17.99
A Jewish girl’s story opens wounds from France’s wartime past.  Living in Paris while her architect husband Bertrand (Frederic Pierrot) restores his family’s apartment block, writer Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) stumbles across the wartime history of the block’s original Jewish owners, who were arrested by the Vichy government as part of the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942 and forced to sell their property. As the story unfolds, Julia becomes increasingly haunted by the fate of ten-year-old Sarah Starzynski (Melusine Mayance), who, after being detained, escapes in a desperate attempt to return to the block where she has secretly hidden her younger brother.
LES HOMMES LIBRES/FREE MEN (12) 2011 FRANCE FERROUKHI, ISMAEL £15.99
World War Two drama set in German-occupied Paris in 1942. Tahar Rahim stars as Younes, a young, unemployed, Algerian immigrant who is inspired to become a freedom fighter after forming an unexpected friendship with Jewish singer Salim Halali (Mahmud Shalaby).
A SECRET  (15) 2007  FRANCE MILLER,CLAUDE    £19.99
Adaptation of Philippe Grimbert’s bestselling novel,  this film is a compelling account of a 15-year- old  boy who unearths a shocking family secret.Spanning half a century, the film’s multi-layered narrative revolves  around a Jewish family torn asunder  during the impending German occupation of France during World War II.
VICTOR YOUNG PEREZ/SURVIVING AUSCHWITZ (15) 2013 FRANCE  OUANICHE, JACQUES £15.99
Biopic about the young  Jewish Tunisian boxer ‘Young’ Perez (Brahim Asloum) who went on to become a world flyweight champion but was arrested in Paris in 1943 and  sent to Auschwitz to serve as a slave labourer and box for the viewing pleasure of the SS.
GERMAN DVDS
AB HEUTE HEISST DU SARA/FROM NOW ON YOUR NAME IS SARA: GRIPS THEATRE BERLIN (E)   GERMANY    £19.99
The play, based on Inge Deutschkron’s book ‘Ich trug den gelben Stern’’  1933  eleven years old Inge who refuses to understand why all of a sudden she is not allowed to play on the street. In the years after that for Inge, being a Jew means not only humiliation, attacks and restrictions, but also never going dancing or to the cinema. It means growing up without having been young.
AUSCHWITZ (15) 2011 GERMANY    BOLL, UWE        £19.99
Uwe Boll writes and directs this brutal drama, interspersed with documentary footage, depicting the day-to-day workings of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
BERLIN 36 (15) GERMANY 2009 HEIDELBACH,  KASPAR £15.99
  In the days leading up to the 1936 Olympics, the fate of high jumper Gretel Bergmann  hangs in the balance as it is decided whether or not a Jewish athlete can be a part of the German Olympic team.
DIE FÄLSCHER/COUNTERFEITERS (15) GERMANY 2007 RUZOWITZKY, STEFAN £5.99
  True story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936 and using concentration camp labour to carry out the forgeries.
IM LABYRINTH DES SCHWEIGENS/LABYRINTH OF LIES (12) 2014 GERMANY  RICCIARELLI,  GIULIO £19.99
Germany 1958: Young public prosecutor Johann Radmann finds himself on the case of Nazi war criminal Charles Schulz, but has no idea what really happened in Auschwitz.  However he is  shocked to find out that many of these death camp workers have returned to their normal lives and now populate the senior ranks of government.
THE INTERROGATION (15) 2016 GERMANY  PERY, EREZ £15.99
Warsaw in 1946 Nazi Auschwitz commandtall wife
er Rudolf Höss awaits trial and a Polish judge is sent to interrogate him about his involvement in the Holocaust.The interrogation is a  tense  dissection of the nature of those who were in charge of the extermination camps and their self-justification.
NEBEL IM AUGUST/FOG IN AUGUST (15) 2016 GERMANY WESSEL, KAI £19.99
Set in 1942 and based on Robert Domes’ 2008 historical novel, the film follows 13-year-old Roma boy, Ernst Lossa,  is sent to the Sargau mental institution.  Here he soon discovers  that the Nazi’s are carrying out an enforced euthanasia programme.  Along with fellow patient Nandl,  Ernst decides to stage a daring escape attempt.
PHOENIX (12A) 2015 GERMANY   PETZOLD, CHRISTIAN   DVD – £17.99 BLU RAY – £21.99
On her liberation form a concentration camp, disfigured Jewish singer Nelly Lenz (Nina Hoss) goes on a search for her husband Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld) who she thinks has betrayed her. The film looks at Post-war guilt and how to settle back in a country that persecuted and rejected you.
SOPHIE SCHOLL (PG) 2005 GERMANY ROTHEMUND, MARC DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £24.99
Account of the last days of the White Rose resistance group members, Sophie and Hans Scholl.
DIE WELLE/THE WAVE (15) 2008  GERMANY   GANSEL, DENNIS    £17.99
Teacher attempts to engage his students in politics with a  controversial experiment to turn the classroom into a Nazi-style dictatorship. But what starts out as an innocent social experiment ends in tragedy when the roots of fascism begin to take hold.

ALL DVDS ARE IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES , UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE.

 

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