Europa, Europa

Europa, Europa

Director: Agnieszka Holland Cast: Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, René Hofschneider

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This drama was based on the true story of a young German Jew who survived the Holocaust by falling in with the Nazis. Solomon Perel (Marco Hofschneider) is the son of a Jewish shoe salesman coming of age in Germany during the rise of Adolf Hitler. In 1938, a group of Nazis attack Solomon's family home; his sister is killed, and 13-year-old Solomon flees to Poland. Solomon winds up in an orphanage operated by Stalinist forces; when German forces storm Poland, Solomon's fluent German allows him to join the Nazis as a translator, posing as Josef Peters, an ethnic German. In time, "Peters" is made a member of the elite Hitler Youth, but since Solomon is circumcised, he can be easily revealed as a Jew, and he lives in constant fear that his secret will be discovered. Solomon's close calls include an attempted seduction by Robert Kellerman (André Wilms), a homosexual officer, and his relationship with Leni (Julie Delpy), a beautiful but violently anti-Semitic woman who wants to bear his child for the glory of the master race. Europa, Europa (shown in Europe as Hitlerjunge Salomon) also features the real Solomon Perel, who appears briefly as himself.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2019
UPC: 0715515231718
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 170

Special Features

New 2k digital restoration, supervised by Director Agnieszka Holland, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; 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; New English Subtitle Translation; Plus: An essay by film critic Amy Taubin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marco Hofschneider Young Solomon Perel
Julie Delpy Leni
René Hofschneider Isaac Perel
André Wilms Robert Kellerman
Piotr Kozlowski David Perel
Aschley Wanninger Eric
Hanns Zischler Captain von Lereneau
Klaus Kowatsch Soldier Schultz
Delphine Forest Inna Moisievna
Jorg Schnass Pfeiffer
Nathalie Schmidt Basia
Klaus Abramowsky Solly's Father
Aleksy Awdiejew Soviet Major
Wolfgang Bathke Police Officer
Martin Maria Blau Ullmayer
Michele Gleizer Solly's Mother
Bernhard Howe Feldwebel
Holger Hunkel Kramer
Halina Labornarska Leni's Mother
Andrzej Mastalerz Zenek
Solomon Perel Himself
Wlodzimierz Press Stalin's Son
Marta Sandrowicz Bertha
Eric Schwarz Goethke
Norbert Schwarz Schwabe
Ashley Wanninger Gerd
Anna Seniuk Rosemarie
Holger Kunkel Wagner
Artur Barcis Actor
Aleksander Bednarz Actor
Zbigniew Bielski Actor
Marcin Bielawski Actor
Marek Brand Actor
Arkadiusz Brukner Actor
Dariusz Buchowiecki Actor
Bohdan Ejmont Actor
Alfred Freudenheim Actor
Jaroslaw Gajewski Actor
Jaroslaw Gruda Actor
Kama Kowalewska Actor
Herman Larcher Actor
Marcin Latallo Actor
Gienadij Lesniewski Actor
Nicolas Lormeau Actor
Alexandr Maslov Actor
Michel Malko Actor
Cezary Morawski Actor
Maxime Mardoukhaev Actor
Wlodzimierz Musial Actor
Ryszard Pietruski Actor
Hanna Sylberg Actor
Boguslawa Schubert Actor
Tadeusz Wojtych Actor
Grzegorz Wons Actor
Stanislaw Zatloka Actor

Technical Credits
Agnieszka Holland Director,Screenwriter
Arthur Brauner Producer
Margot Capelier Casting
Ewa Symko-Marczewska Makeup
Krystyna Grochowicz Asst. Director
Paul Hengge Screenwriter
Malgorzata Jaworska Sound Editor
Jacek Jelinski Stunts
Grazyna Kula Makeup
Marie-Christine Lafosse Casting
Isabelle Lorente Editor
Margaret Menegoz Producer
Zbigniew Modej Stunts
Elisabeth Mondi Sound/Sound Designer
Janusz Morgenstern Producer
Barbara Pec-Slesicka Production Manager
Jacek Petrycki Cinematographer
Zbigniew Preisner Score Composer
Lew Rywin Producer
Jacek Schoen Asst. Director
Hans-Dieter Schwarz Sound Mixer
Marek Skladonowski Production Manager
Ewa Smal Editor
Wiesa Starska Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Starski Production Designer
Malgorzata Stefaniak Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Thomsen Casting
Pawel Wierkowski Asst. Director
Jacek Zaleski Cinematographer

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Europa, Europa 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the movies that will let u see the life of a boy who has to save himself from the nazis and from being caught. You get to see his story and be a part of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well-made storyline about Solomon's life. Good acting skill. Worth watching again. However, if only the war scene is a bit more realistic. Overall, 2 thumbs-up from Singapore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a story that you would discount as incredible if it were fiction and if you didn't know that truth is stranger than fiction. My daughter has met Solomon Perel, who is now an elderly man in Israel - he came to speak to her class after they viewed the film. This is an outstanding story and presented in an outstanding film. There are no happy holocaust stories but this one is the closest you can get to a miraculous ending ( though lets not forget, Solomon's family , all but one, perished along with six million of their brethren). My students at College were all glued to their seats for the full 145 minutes. An excellent teaching aid in informing teens and young adults about the period of the Third Reich
Guest More than 1 year ago
Does a great job of showing what it was like to be there. This movie keeps you glued to your seat. However, younger children shouldn't wach this, since it has nudity and VERY graphic sex.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie in Honors Hisotry. It was AMAZING. Showed many parts of WW2 and showed what the Jews went through. Knowing this was a true story was amazing. All the stuff the kid went through was unbelievable. It shows how the Germans "science" was all bologni. The acting, the dark humor, the directing, everything was amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had the honor of meeting mr. perel in israel where he was a surprise guest speaker to my group in a holocoust rememberance was an honor to see this person and hear his amazing story. he is such a humble man, and very wise. we saw parts of the movie as well. i am amazed at the guilt and self loathing a human being can have for oneself while struggling with being proud as well. survival is a remarkable thing. i am very much looking forward to reading the book. we should never forget what happened in world war II and the toll it took on the world and human spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i watched this film in school in history. i think it's a fantastic account of the events during the third reich, however, i think it shouldn't be watched by young children. i have no problems or issues with the sex scenes, but i do think the violence could be upsetting for many veiwers. it deeply affected me and i would deffinately say it's well worth watching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My class watched Europa Europa for our WWII unit in 10th grade U.S. History. The movie's dark comedy was an interesting approach the serious issues raised during WWII. The irony in the movie only drew me more into the movie, which addressed and explored the crimes of Nazi Germany in WWII. The pain "Jupp" is forced to endure is incredible, and his luck allows the viewer to witness the different fronts of Nazi Germany. Overall, I recommend the movie for anybody interested in WWII or war in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
AMAZING!!! I loved this movie. I watched it the first time with my european history class, then i had to get it for myself. It seems a bit outlandish at first. like how could all this stuff happen to the same person, but overall great movie. gives you a good understanding of the propoganda during the third reich
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen this so many times...VERY amazing story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this back in 8th grade for a WWII class. The fact that it is a true story ensures the realism that all war movies need, but you would never be able to geuss that this movie had actually happened without having been previously told. The story is incredible and suspenceful. Although it is not neccessarily an ''action'' movie, it ranks up with (and may surpass) the best of war movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was flipping through the channels when this came on around 1am. Despite the fact I had school the next day, I stayed up and watched this AMAZING movie. The acting, the storyline, the realism of it all... You've got to see this.