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Habermann

Directed by: Juraj Herz
104 Minutes, 2010, Drama; War; Romance

The saw mill owner Habermann is the biggest employer in his village and married to Jana, a young and beautiful Czech woman, who is half Jewish. Although Habermann is not interested in politics or ideology, he and his family will be steamrolled by the insanity of World War II. As he tries to save his wife, daughter, and Czech workers from Nazi terror, he find himself facing his own tragedy in an unexpected way.

 

Based on real events surrounding the expulsion of Sudeten Germans from Czechoslovakia in 1945.

Credits

Director: Juraj Herz

Producer: Karel Dirka

Producer: Jan Kudela

Producer: Pavel Nový

Cast: Mark Waschke

Cast: Hannah Herzsprung

Cast: Karel Roden

Cast: Ben Becker

Cast: Hannah Herzsprung

Written by: Wolfgang Limmer

Distributor: Corinth Films

Awards

“…

poignant performances, confident direction and an impressively sober sense of how the era's tragedy kept expanding exponentially.”

-Nick Schager, Time Out New York

“A World War II melodrama with a hook, Habermann does a credible job of personalizing a period of the war largely unknown outside the Czech Republic.”

 

-Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

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