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Europa Europa (1991)

Director: Agnieszka Holland     Starring: Marco Hofschneider
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40215695
UPC: 027616884190
UPC 14: 00027616884190
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The compelling story of a jewish teen who evaded the concentration camp by pretending that he was 'aryan'.

"A pure miracle of history!  New Yorker Magazine
"A pure miracle of history!  New Yorker Magazine 40215704

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, German, French, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Trailers

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/7/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 113 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1991
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1004337
Video UPC UPC: 00027616884190
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Russian
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], French Dubbed, German, Russian
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Marco Hofschneider
Video Cast Info Rene Hofschneider
Video Cast Info Julie Delpy
Video Cast Info Klaus Abramowsky
Video Cast Info Marco Hofschneider
Video Cast Info Wieslawa Starska - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Agnieszka Holland - Director
Video Cast Info Jacek Petrycki - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Zbigniew Preisner - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Artur Brauner - Producer
Video Cast Info Agnieszka Holland - Screenplay
Plot 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).


Oscar (1992)
   Video Award Name Agnieszka Holland, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium

Memorable Quotes

"His penis saved his soul... Otherwise he might have become a total Nazi." Holland talks to Amy Taubin about "Europa, Europa." ---- Sight & Sound

|"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

Professional Reviews

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

Washington Post 10 of 10
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. - Hal Hinson

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