Theatrical Release Date: 19 Oct 2004
Home Ent. Release Date: 15 Dec 2002
Europa, Europa confirmed the arrival of a major new European talent in Polish-born director Agnieszka Holland. Europa, Europa, which won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for both the Academy Award and BAFTA in that category, is a passionate, thrilling and heartfelt film about the tragic experience of Jews during the Second World War. The film’s telling ironies and tragic absurdities are all the more unsettling for being based on the real-life exploits of Solomon Perel, a young German Jew who cultivates a chameleonic ability to assume identities in order to avert the fate of his fellow Jews. First posing as a fervernt young Stalinist, Perel – who harboured aspirations to Clarke Gable – then becomes an accepted and respected member of the Nazi Youth, burying his true background in a desperate bid for survival. Europa, Europa boasts an astounding performance from Marco Hofschneider in the central role – the film also helped introduce Julie Delpy (Before Sunrise) to a worldwide audience – and a highly sensual score by former Kieslowski associate Zbigniew Preisner.