Island on Bird Street

The Island on Bird Street

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Patrick Bergin, Jordan Kiziuk, Jack Warden

Cast: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, Patrick Bergin, Jordan Kiziuk, Jack Warden

     
 
A young boy learns a grownup's lesson in survival in this dramatic adventure. Alex (Jordan Kiziuk) is an 11-year-old boy who is living with his father Stefan (Patrick Bergin) and Uncle Boruch (Jack Warden) in a Jewish ghetto in Poland during WWII. While Alex has been able to hold onto some shards of his childhood innocence, he's all too aware of the dangers all around

Overview

A young boy learns a grownup's lesson in survival in this dramatic adventure. Alex (Jordan Kiziuk) is an 11-year-old boy who is living with his father Stefan (Patrick Bergin) and Uncle Boruch (Jack Warden) in a Jewish ghetto in Poland during WWII. While Alex has been able to hold onto some shards of his childhood innocence, he's all too aware of the dangers all around him, and his father has gone so far as to teach him how to use a gun for his own protection once the inevitable tragedy occurs. When Nazi troops begin clearing the Poles from the ghetto, Stefan tells his son to hide, and leaves him with the words, "No matter what happens, I will come back for you." Alex follows his fathers instruction to the letter; he makes a hiding place for himself in the loft of an old building, which he's able to furnish and can access with a rope ladder, while keeping a pet mouse who not only keeps him company but helps him find precious caches of food. With his favorite book, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as his guide, Alex tries to outrun and outmaneuver the Nazi soldiers as he patiently waits for his father to make good on his promise. The Island on Bird Street was a multiple award-winner in its screenings at the 1997 Berlin International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
UPC:
0687797122995
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Alchemy / Millennium
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Bergin Stefan
Jordan Kiziuk Alex
Jack Warden Boruch
James Bolam Dr. Studjinsky
Simon Gregor Henryk
Lee Ross Freddy
Michael Byrne Bolek
Sian Nicola Liquorish Stasya
Heather Tobias Mrs. Studjinsky
Suzanna Hamilton Stasya's Mother
Stefan Sauk Actor

Technical Credits
Søren Kragh-Jacobsen Director
Rudy Cohen Producer
Rolf Deyhle Executive Producer
John Goldsmith Screenwriter
Bea Gossmann Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Grisoni Screenwriter
David Korda Executive Producer
Tivi Magnusson Producer
Kim Magnusson Executive Producer
Dave Martin Editor
Zbigniew Preisner Score Composer
Alex Scherer Art Director
Norbert Scherer Production Designer
Per Streit Sound/Sound Designer
Ian Wilson Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Island on Bird Street
1. Main Titles [2:38]
2. Everyone's Scared [10:10]
3. Never Drink Alone [9:26]
4. Fleeing [8:20]
5. Hiding Place [9:26]
6. Stocking Up [10:01]
7. Soldiers [9:55]
8. More Survivors [7:57]
9. Through the Window [10:13]
10. Girl In the Snow [11:03]
11. Abandoned [10:47]
12. End Credits [3:18]

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