A 2019 Christmas release for When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
by Bénédicte Prot
- Warner Bros. Pictures will release Oscar-winner Caroline Link's classic children's book adaptation in Germany on 26 December 2019
As the Christmas holidays draw closer, the latest project by the German Oscar-winning writer-director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa [+see also:
film profile]) is still one year away from its national release. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, an adaptation of British writer Judith Kerr’s 1971 award-winning semi-autobiographical novel of the same name – about a young Jewish girl and her family's escape from the Nazis through Switzerland and Paris in 1933, before settling in England in 1936 – will be released in Germany by Warner Bros. Pictures on 26 December 2019. The feature, the filming of which kicked off on 17 August and lasted six weeks this summer in Berlin, Munich, Prague and Bergell, is a Sommerhaus Filmproduktion co-production with Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, Next Film Filmproduktion, and Swiss partners La Siala Entertainment and Hugofilm Productions.
The film features newcomers Riva Krymalowski, in the lead role of 9-year-old Anna, and Marinus Hohmann (Welcome to Germany [+see also:
film profile], The Famous Five and the Valley of Dinosaurs [+see also:
film profile]) as her brother Max, starring alongside Carla Juri (who played the title-role in Christian Schwochow's Paula [+see also:
film profile], also seen in Blade Runner 2049 [+see also:
film profile]), Oliver Masucci (who played Hitler in David Wnendt's Look Who's Back [+see also:
film profile], also known for his lead role in the TV series Dark), Justus von Dohnányi (Downfall [+see also:
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film profile], The Experiment) and Ursula Werner (Cloud 9 [+see also:
The original novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is often used in German and British schools as a way of introducing pupils to a dark chapter in German history and to life as a refugee. Caroline Link's film version is supported by the German Ministry of Culture BKM, the German Federal Film Board FFA, the German Federal Film Fund DFFF, the Agency for Media, IT and Film Baden-Württemberg, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, and SRF Swiss Radio and Television, amongst others. The film's international sales are being handled by Beta Cinema.
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