Q&A with Michael Verhoeven, author Laura Waco, and actress Naomi Krauss
Note: The 1:00pm screening on Tuesday, January 27 has been rescheduled to 6:15pm.
Director Michael Verhoeven, the “nasty boy” of German cinema, artfully presents a biting commentary on postwar German society in this adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Laura Waco. Overcome with grief at her father’s funeral in 1968, Laura looks back with fresh eyes at her parents’ decision to settle in Germany after surviving the Holocaust—at their incapacity to escape the shadow of the genocide, their denial of their own Judaism, and the deeply conflicted psychology that was the legacy of their plight and others like them. The film is a beautifully wrought, subtly probing investigation of the complex notion of German-Jewish identity.