Located in southern Lebanon, Beaufort Castle is one of the few medieval forts utilized by modern military forces, and provided Israeli forces with an important strategic position during the South Lebanon War. This film takes place at the end of this 18-year war as IDF troops prepare to abandon the fort and return home. Liraz Liberti, leading the troops at Beaufort, must come to terms that they must evacuate--after having spent so long defending the fortress. Chronicling the soldiers' daily lives, their hopes and fears, and the moral dilemnas of wartime, this claustrophobic film has been compared to Letters From Iwo Jima and classic WWI bunker films. Completed just a month before the Second Lebanon War broke out, this movie provides a timely look at both the horrors and nobility of modern warfare.
The saw mill owner Habermann is the biggest employer in his village and married to Jana, a young and beautiful Czech woman, who is half Jewish. Although Habermann is not interested in politics or ideology, he and his family will be steamrolled by the insanity of World War II.As he tries to save his wife, daughter and Czech workers from Nazi terror, he find himself facing his own tragedy in an unexpected way…
Based on real events surrounding the expulsion of Sudeten Germans from Czechoslovakia in 1945.
Starring: Mark Waschke, Hannah Herzsprung, Karel Roden, Ben Becker
Amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in 1944 Poland, a young Jewish woman and a Polish prisoner fall in love. This impossible passion fuels the prisoner's courage, who manages to rescue his Jewish girlfriend. Against all odds, they escape the camp and survive a treacherous journey to freedom. But during the chaos of the end of the war, they are forcibly separated and each is convinced that the other has died.
More than thirty years later in New York, the happily married 52-year-old woman accidentally gets the most astonishing news of her life: her former Polish lover is still alive. And she has to see him again.
By age 14, he had written five novels and penned a diary about the Nazi occupation of Prague. By 16, he had produced 170 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine in the Jewish ghetto, and written numerous short stories. But by then, he had also walked to the gas chamber at Auschwitz.
Slight and stoop-shouldered, filled with intellectual curiosity but prone to mischief, Petr Ginz read voraciously, wrote constantly, developed cryptographs to record BBC broadcasts, built exploding toy cannons to frighten his classmates, and drew and painted a world full of adventure and exotic locations. In his novel, an allegory about Hitler, Petr wrote and illustrated the story of a giant robotic creature that is used by the government to terrorize the people. He ends the book with the warning: "Is it not possible that a new monster may appear on the surface of this earth, worse than this one--a monster that...will torture mankind in a terrible manner."
Through Petr's artwork, novels, short stories and magazine articles, interwoven with fantastical animation, this unconventional documentary portrait reveals his journey from precocious child to young adult, from innocence to the painful awareness of inhumanity, from gifted artist and writer to prodigy. Although Petr's life ended at Auschwitz, it is not a story of tragedy but a celebration--a testament to how a boy’s wonder and creative expression represent the best of what makes us human.