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11 April 1997 (Denmark) See more »
Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Patrick Bergin ... Stefan
Jordan Kiziuk ... Alex

Jack Warden ... Boruch

James Bolam ... Doctor Studjinsky

Stefan Sauk ... Goehler
Simon Gregor ... Henryk

Lee Ross ... Freddy
Suzanna Hamilton ... Stasya's Mother
Sian Nicola Liquorish ... Stasya

Michael Byrne ... Bolek
Heather Tobias ... Mrs. Studjinsky
Leon Silver ... Mr. Gryn
Sue Jones-Davies ... Mrs. Gryn
Nigel John Whitear ... Yanek
Misha Daniel King ... Avrum
Nicole Maria Hann ... Tsyppora

Richard Pepper ... Boy (as Richard William Pepper)
Marek Grabowski ... Adam
Phil-Alexander Szalek ... Yossi
Marcin Herman ... Joseph
Pawel Lauterbach ... Benny
Jacek Milczanowski ... Yitzak
Pawel Okonski ... Richter (as Pawt Okonski)

Leon Niemczyk ... Podulski
Jacek Krautforst ... Goehler's Adjutant
Frank Albrecht ... German Soldier
Jan Blecki ... Terrified Man
Juliusz Chrzastowski ... Jewish Policeman
Katazyna Suszyto ... Miriam
Juilta Wotoszynska ... Benny's Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacob Rasmussen ... German nazi (uncredited)
Maciej Sosnowski ... Jewish Policeman (uncredited)
Jo Stock ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Zbigniew Walerys ... Jewish in Getto (uncredited)

Directed by
Søren Kragh-Jacobsen 
Writing credits
Uri Orlev (novel)

John Goldsmith (screenplay) &
Tony Grisoni (screenplay)

Produced by
David Ball .... line producer
Rudy Cohen .... producer
Rolf Deyhle .... executive producer
David Korda .... executive producer
Victoria Lucas .... associate producer
Kim Magnusson .... delegate executive producer
Tivi Magnusson .... producer
Original Music by
Zbigniew Preisner 
Cinematography by
Ian Wilson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Martin 
Casting by
Liora Reich 
Sheila Trezise 
Production Design by
Norbert Scherer 
Art Direction by
Alexander Scherer  (as Alex Scherer)
Set Decoration by
Eliane Huss 
Costume Design by
Bea Gossmann 
Barbara Sródka-Makówka 
Makeup Department
Erika Sternberg .... makeup artist
Gerd Zeiss .... makeup artist
Production Management
David Ball .... unit production manager
Mieczyslaw Janowski .... unit manager: Poland
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcus Catlin .... second assistant director
Tim Lewis .... first assistant director
Jaroslaw Marszewski .... second assistant director: Poland
Marek Piestrak .... second assistant director: Poland
Haider Rizvi .... first assistant director: Poland
Art Department
Thomas Bartsch .... construction crew
Friedhelm Becker .... head painter
Stefan Branca .... painter
Dirk Burrekoven .... construction crew
Andreas Effer .... construction crew
Achim Feles .... construction manager
Ulrike Gojowczyk .... stand-by props
Fred Gutberg .... stand-by carpenter
Karl-Heinz Hahnel .... construction foreman (as Karl-Heinz Hähnel)
Claudia Hasenstab .... prop buyer
Michael Jensen .... storyboard artist
Rolf Köhler .... prop assistant
Gaby Mocaer .... painter
Alberto Mian Sartor .... sculptor
Britta Sassmannshausen .... painter
Corinne Schneider .... painter
Agata Schubert-Hauck .... painter
Thomas Schulte .... construction crew
Anja Seebaum .... assistant production designer
Jochen Vogt .... construction crew
Andrzej Rafal Waltenberger .... set designer: Poland
Andreas Well .... carpenter
Piotr Wilczynski .... props: Poland
Sound Department
Jim Skau Andersen .... sound effects editor (as Jim Skau)
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... sound editor
Niels Arild .... re-recording mixer
Niels Arild .... sound editor
Rolf Hapke .... sound mixer
Frank Lehner .... boom operator
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
Per Streit .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Detlef Kaschugg .... special effects
Slawomir Maslanka .... special effects: Poland
Klaus Mitter .... special effects
Ernst Reimann .... stunt coordinator
Waclaw Wiszniowski .... stunt coordinator (as Waclaw Wisniowski)
Tomek Zawade .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Celio Castro .... electrician
Czeslaw Cyran .... focus puller: Poland
Michael Green .... focus puller 'a' camera
Pier Hausemer .... camera trainee
Sven Heinrich .... clapper loader
Thorsten Krusche .... electrician
Uwe Köhler .... assistant grip
Kai Meyer-Ricks .... key grip
Georg Nonnenmacher .... best boy
Knut K. Pedersen .... Steadicam operator
Klaus Peter Venn .... gaffer
Astrid Wirth .... still photographer
Animation Department
Matthias Wahl .... set artist
Casting Department
Sabine Schwedhelm .... casting: Germany
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniele Gossens-Dommel .... costume assistant
Martina Schall .... wardrobe
Teresa Tutak .... wardrobe: Poland
Editorial Department
Hans-Gabriel Bergmann .... color timer
Ulla Hiltl .... first assistant editor
Renate Hähmer .... negative cutter (as Renate Hähner)
Mikaela Von Freiesleben .... second assistant editor
Olga Zapletal .... negative cutter
Music Department
Jacek Kaspszyk .... conductor
Rafal Paczkowski .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Joerg Balzer .... driver (as Joerg Baltzer)
Jörg Ulbrich .... driver
Other crew
Stephanie Ahlen .... production assistant
Hasse Christensen .... title designer
Anna Czarska .... production coordinator: Poland
Tomas Villum Jensen .... assistant to director
Antje Köster .... assistant production coordinator
Corinne Le Hong .... production coordinator
Lis Lund .... public relations
Danuta Skarszewska .... script supervisor
Grazyna Solarczykowna .... executive producer: of Preisner Production
Marian Strus .... stand-in
Rivens Wehner .... stand-in
Klaus Flesch .... production accountant (uncredited)
Bernhard Speck .... production accountant consultant (uncredited)
Dag Alveberg .... thanks
Mark Forstater .... thanks
Hans Hansen .... thanks
Frank Hübner .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"My Little Garden" - Japan (English title)
"The Island on Birds Street" - Israel (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for violence
107 min
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Based on the semi-autobiographical Hebrew book "The Island on Birds Street" (HaI BeRehov HaTziporim), by Israeli author Uri Orlev.See more »
Alex:A man should never drink alone!See more »


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Island on Bird Street, 23 January 2005
Author: Elaine-84 from United Kingdom

I came to this film cold. I turned on the TV between housework and getting ready for the family to come home at the end of the day. I missed the very beginning but was soon captured by the film.

I enjoyed it that much I tried to loan the book from my local library but was told it was out of print and not available. I would still like to compare the film with the original book as I often find that by their very nature books deal with thoughts and feelings in more depth.

I feel that the film gives a glimmer of insight into the times and trials of Jewish families during the war. I am someone born over a decade after the war ended, in a European country not really touched by the ravaging of the Jews. Someone who does not know anyone personally touched by these affairs. Someone who is a parent. I'd recommend this film to anyone who meets those criteria.

I re-watched it again on 22nd January and had my 16 year old daughter watch it. I felt it warranted this second watching and my daughter also approved of it. This is the type of film that could be shown to High school students.

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