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Europa Europa (1990)

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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writers:

Agnieszka Holland, Solomon Perel (memoir: Ich war Hitlerjunge Salomon)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marco Hofschneider ... Sally
André Wilms ... Kellerman
Ashley Wanninger Ashley Wanninger ... Eric
Klaus Abramowsky Klaus Abramowsky ... Sally's Father
Michèle Gleizer Michèle Gleizer ... Sally's Mother
Delphine Forest Delphine Forest ... Inna Moyseyevna
René Hofschneider René Hofschneider ... Isaak, Sally's Brother
Julie Delpy ... Leni
Hanns Zischler ... Captain von Lereneau
Martin Maria Blau Martin Maria Blau ... Ulmayer
Bernhard Howe Bernhard Howe ... Feldwebel
Klaus Kowatsch Klaus Kowatsch ... Schulz
Holger Kunkel Holger Kunkel ... Kramer
Halina Labonarska ... Leni's Mother
Andrzej Mastalerz ... Zenek Dracz
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Storyline

A Jewish boy, separated from his family in the early days of WWII, poses as a German orphan and is thereafter taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually made a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are cornerstones of the film, it is based upon a true story. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Taglines:

In the tradition of Voltaire's Candide and Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for mature treatment of holocaust issues | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Germany | France | Poland

Language:

German | Russian | Polish | Hebrew

Release Date:

14 November 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Europa Europa See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,433, 30 June 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,575,738
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Delpy did not speak German and performed her role in English and was later dubbed over. See more »

Goofs

When 'Jupp' leaves the police station after he admits to not possessing 'racial purity' papers, the town is bombed by a modern-era Hercules C-130 transport aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Isaak Perel - Salomons brother: It is written that a son never leaves his parents in difficult times.
Solomon's Father: It is also written that the son must obey his parents. And it is also your duty to watch over your brother.
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Referenced in The 64th Annual Academy Awards (1992) See more »

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Amazing but true tale of strength and the will to live
5 August 1999 | by doeadearSee all my reviews

This story is made even more amazing since it is based on fact. The real Solomon Perel has quite a story to tell. I have also read the book, and the movie is a bit factually inaccurate, but it is still tremendously well-made.

Young Solly is played by a beautiful young actor named Marco Hoffschneider. His good looks and charm are part of what get him to convince the Gestapo that he is not a Jew, but an ethnic German. But Solly has much more getting him through this ordeal. His determination and strength of spirit, plus blinding will to live, and perhaps the youthful exuberance of being able to accomplish it, help him to pull off the charade. The young boy speaks several languages, and is able to use this skill to convince Nazi soldiers that he is not Jewish. The soldiers adopt him as a sort of "mascot." Solly is careful not to show his circumcised penis to anyone, including the German girl he falls in love with. Fate is also on his side, since several times when it seemed he might be found out, the hand of a higher power intervenes.

This is an engrossing film, sad and funny. Perhaps Solomon Perel is ashamed that he lived with the enemy to save his life, but, he is alive today to tell his story. The real Solomon Perel makes a brief appearance at the end.


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