- DVD FOREIGN (CEN)
In German, Russian and Polish, with English subtitles.
Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, René Hofschneider, Hanns Zischler.
Director-approved DVD special edition.
Title from container.
Based on the autobiography of Salomon Perel.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1990.
Special features: New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Agnieszka Holland ; audio commentary from 2008 featuring Holland ; new interviews with Holland and actor Marco Hofschneider ; new interview with Salomon Perel, on whose autobiography the film is loosely based ; new video essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf ; new English subtitle translation.
As World War II splits Europe, sixteen-year-old German Jew Salomon is separated from his family after fleeing with them to Poland, and finds himself reluctantly assuming various ideological identities in order to hide the deadly secret of his Jewishness. He is bounced from a Soviet orphanage, where he plays a dutiful Stalinist, to the Russian front, where he hides in plain sight as an interpreter for the German army, and back to his home country, where he takes on his most dangerous role: a member of the Hitler Youth.