Born a King 2019
1h 43min | Drama, History | 26 September 2019 (Saudi Arabia)
An extraordinary real life story set in 1919 , BORN A KING is a coming-of-age story about Faisal, a 14 year old teenage Arab prince who is dispatched from the deserts of Arabia to London by his warrior father, Prince Abdul Aziz, on a high stakes diplomatic mission to secure the formation of his country. In London he must negotiate with some of the pre-eminent figures of the age, including Lord Curzon and Winston Churchill, while forming a friendship with Princess Mary who helps guide him through the corridors of power.
Lacombe, Lucien 1974
Lacombe Lucien (original title)
R | 2h 18min | Drama, Romance, War | 29 September 1974 (USA)
A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates her employer, works for the German police. He then meets France Horn, the daughter of a rich jewish tailor.
Die Russen kommen 1987
1h 32min | Drama, War | 4 December 1987 (East Germany)
Spring 1945. Günter, a 15-year-old boy in a small Baltic Sea resort, still believes in the final victory. He is the fastest in the hunt for an escaped foreign worker. He confronts him, who is then shot by the village policeman. Günter proudly accepts the Iron Cross II and volunteers for the front, even though his father has already died. Neither the mother nor the teacher can stop him. During his first deployment, he was attacked by Soviet soldiers, but was able to flee home. Shortly after the Soviet Army occupied the place, Günter was arrested for the murder of the foreign worker. He doesn’t reveal the real killer, but the case is solved. And when the policeman tries to force Günter’s silence, he refuses to cover up the murderer. All of these events bring him close to madness.
A Secret 2007
Un secret (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 45min | Drama, War | 3 October 2007 (France)
In 1953, a sensitive French boy finds out from a neighbor that his family’s Jewish. François Grimbert becomes a physician, and gradually peels the layers of his buried family history which resulted in his difficult upbringing, raised as Catholic by his “Aryan” appearing parents. His athletic father labored to stamp out stereotypical Jewish characteristics he perceived in his son, to keep the family’s many secrets, as most relatives fought in World War II, and later were hauled off to labor and death camps by the Gestapo. Based on a true story.
In Warsaw, Doctor Henryk Goldszmit a.k.a. Janusz Korczak runs an orphanage with a great dedication and love for the orphans. After the invasion of Poland by the German army, his orphanage moves to the Warsaw ghetto with two hundred children. Dr. Korczak asks for food and money from the wealthy Jews. When the ghetto is displaced to Treblinka by train, Dr. Korczak refuses a Swiss passport and embarks in the train with his beloved children.
The Distant Barking of Dogs 2017
Olegs krig (original title)
1h 31min | Documentary, War | 23 November 2018 (Sweden)
THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS is set in Eastern Ukraine on the frontline of the war. The film follows the life of 10-year-old Ukrainian boy Oleg throughout a year, witnessing the gradual erosion of his innocence beneath the pressures of war. Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother, Alexandra, in the small village of Hnutove. Having no other place to go, Oleg and Alexandra stay and watch as others leave the village. Life becomes increasingly difficult with each passing day, and the war offers no end in sight. In this now half-deserted village where Oleg and Alexandra are the only true constants in each other’s lives, the film shows just how fragile, but crucial, close relationships are for survival. Through Oleg’s perspective, the film examines what it means to grow up in a war zone. It portrays how a child’s universal struggle to discover what the world is about grows interlaced with all the dangers and challenges the war presents. Thus, THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS unveils the consequences of war bearing down on the children in Eastern Ukraine, and by natural extension, the scars and self-taught life lessons this generation will carry with them into the future.
Waldemar, a young man from Suriname, meets middle-aged Dutch woman Rika and they fall in love. In pre-WWII Netherlands they could not be more different. The one black, the other white, 17 years between them and on top of that she already has four children with another man. They love each other, but then she appears to be pregnant from Waldemar. They choose each other despite the high price they have to pay for it. They have a son, Waldy, their own ‘Sonny Boy’. Then World War II breaks out and they risk their lives to save people in hiding. However, this is not without major consequences.