Wunderkinder

screens: 
Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 18:30
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:00
location: 
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street
tickets: 
$8 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Director: 
Marcus O. Rosenmüller
length: 
100min
year: 
2011
country: 
Germany

LANGUAGE: German with English Subtitles

PRECEDED BY: Breaking Bread in the Holy Land

Set in 1941 during World War II in the Ukraine, the young and highly talented violinist Abrascha Kaplan and the no less gifted pianist Larissa Brodsky are celebrated as child prodigies of classical music. They play in all of Russia's great concert halls - before the party elite and even Stalin himself. Hanna, daughter of the German brewer Max Reich, is herself a talented violinist and wishes for nothing more than to be taught with the Russian "Wunderkinder." Larissa and Abrascha are reluctant to accept the German girl until their teacher Irina Salmonova consents to teach Hanna - and a close friendship develop between the children. But when Hitler unexpectedly invades Russia, their friendship is put to a hard test.

In the tradition of The Pianist, Life Is Beautiful and The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Wunderkinder is a triumph of human resilience, compassionately exploring a dark era of history through the innocence of youth.

Themes: World War II, Anti-Semitism, prejudice, war, music, friendship, hardship

Mature content: violence, shooting, person shot, guns, death (seen and discussed)

Rating: PG (Violence)

Recommended for ages 12 to adult

This film is offered to school groups as part of our Talent Lab program.

Awards:
Audience Award Best Narrative Feature Atlanta 2012
Audience Award San Diego 2012, Golden Romy 2012 (Best Producer)
Audience Award L.A. Jewish Film Festival 2012
Audience Award Berkshire 2012
Audience Choice Award Stony Brook NY 2012
1st Prize Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival 2012

Avner Shalev Yad Vashem Chairman's Award Jerusalem 2011
The Presidency of the Italian Senate Award, ECFA
Award & Percorsi Creativi CGS Award Giffoni 2011
Best Screenplay Buster Copenhagen 2011

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Marcus O. Rosenmüller was born in 1963 in Duisburg and studied Communications in Munich from 1983-1988. In addition to directing advertisements for companies such as Diners Club, Microsoft and Philip Morris, he has also directed some 120 music videos as well as numerous TV programs and TV program lead-ins. His other films include: Der Tote Taucher Im Wald (1999), Sperling Und Der Stomme Schrei (TV, 2002), Die Mandantin (TV, 2004), Einsatz In Hamburg: Todliches Spiel (TV, 2008), Bis An Die Grenze (TV, 2008), Heisse Spur (TV, 2008), Gottes Machtige Deienerin (TV 2-parter, 2009), Die Minensucherin (TV, 2010), DIE FLUT (TV, 2010), and Wunderkinder (2011).