Europa Europa

Directed By: Agnieszka Holland Starring: Marco Hofschneider

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The compelling story of a jewish teen who evaded the concentration camp by pretending that he was 'aryan'.


Studio MGM
SKU 40215695
UPC 027616884190
UPC 14 00027616884190
Format DVD
Release Date 9/7/2004
Rating Rating
Switching Roles
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note Agnieszka Holland's EUROPA EUROPA is the fascinating fact-based story of Solomon Perel (Marco Hofschneider), a German Jew who survived the Holocaust by concealing his identity, literally within enemy ranks. When Nazi thugs smash into the Perels' house, 13-year-old Solly manages to flee. Upon his reunion with his family, they head for Poland, hoping to find safety but war soon overcomes that land, and once again Solly is forced to run, this time with his brother. They become separated, however, and ultimately Solly falls into the clutches of the Nazis. He quickly realizes he has just two chances for survival: convincing them that he, too, is a pure-blooded Aryan, and hoping that they never find out the truth. Based on Perel's miraculous autobiography, Holland's film is an epic drama that features a moving performance by Hofschneider. Holland uses exquisite pacing to build even greater tension; the further Solly digs himself in with the Nazis, the closer to being exposed he becomes. It is this ironic twist of fate that makes EUROPA EUROPA such a powerful motion picture; the screenplay for this gripping story was nominated for an Academy Award.
Plot Summary
Summary A true story based on the remarkable autobiography of Soloman Perel, this film details the events of his life as a Jewish boy in World War II Europe as he undergoes an odyssey for survival over the period 1938-1945. He escapes from a Polish ghetto, lives in a communist orphanage, attends an elite school for Hitler youth, and fights on several battlefields, all the while concealing his identity in this powerful motion picture directed by Agnieszka Holland (THE SECRET GARDEN).
Memorable Quotes
Quote "His penis saved his soul... Otherwise he might have become a total Nazi." Holland talks to Amy Taubin about "Europa, Europa." -- Sight & Sound
Quote |"You know there are two new Europes - the west and the east... Western Europe has become very proud; they've forgotten that their roots are not so nice. And in the east, it's the same thing only they want to be more like the west. They want to be the European New Order. But Europe, any Europe, never resolved the madness... of the of the Holocaust and something larger that is was a part of - the dream of making a totalitarian state that's more important that the individual. Of course there's difference between Communism and Nazism. Communist ideology in some way was utopian. It was about social justice, while Nazism was clearly a pathology from the beginning." Holland talks with Amy Taubin about her film "Europa Europa." -- Sight & Sound, 11/1993
New York Times "...[EUROPA, EUROPA] brings new immediacy to the outrage by locating specific, wrenching details....Several remarkable episodes..." 06/28/1991 p.C10
Los Angeles Times "...It's an incredible story, as only true stories can be..." 07/26/1991 p.F6
Agnieszka Holland
Marco Hofschneider
Cast & Crew
Marco Hofschneider - Actor 40215695
Rene Hofschneider - Actor
Julie Delpy - Actor
Klaus Abramowsky - Actor
Wieslawa Starska - Costume Designer
Agnieszka Holland - Director
Jacek Petrycki - Director of Photography
Zbigniew Preisner - Musical Score
Artur Brauner - Producer
Agnieszka Holland - Screenplay
Marco Hofschneider - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
Catalog ID 1004337
UPC 00027616884190
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Russian
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], French Dubbed, German, Russian
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1992) Agnieszka Holland, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review There are a great many movies about the tragic experience of the Jews during the Second World War, but only a handful as passionate, as subtly intelligent, as universal as this one. In Europa Europa, Agnieszka Holland tackles a great theme and, in the process, has made a great movie.
Reviewer Hal Hinson
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, German, French, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Trailers
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Video Format DVD
New Yorker Magazine A pure miracle of history!
New Yorker Magazine 40215704 A pure miracle of history!

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