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MY MOTHER´S COURAGE

A film by Paul Verhoeven 

CAST Pauline Collins, Ulrich Tukur, Natalie Morse, Robert Giggenbach, Heribert Sasse, Otto Grünmandl, Wolfgang Gasser, Johanna Mertinz, Georg Tabori a.o.

DIRECTOR Michael Verhoeven
SCREENPLAY Michael Verhoeven
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY George Tabori
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Michael Epp, Theo Birkens
PRODUCTION DESIGNER Wolfgang Hundhammer
COSTUME DESIGNER Rosemarie Hettmann
SOUND ENGINEER Johannes Rommel
EDITOR David Freemann
PRODUCTION MANAGER Rene Ruppert
PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE Christine Rothe
PRODUCERS Veit Heiduschka, Michael Verhoeven, James Mitchell
PRODUCTION COMPANIES Wega-Filmproduktion/ Sentana Filmproduktion (D)/ Little Bird Company Ltd. (GB)
TECHNICAL DATA 93 min, 35 mm, Farbe, Dolby, © 1995

Synopsis

Budapest 1944, an occupied city: A day in the life of George Tabori´s mother. She is arrested by the Hungarian secret police on the way to her sister and is brought to the West Station where around four thousand Jews have been rounded up to be deported to Auschwitz. Those deported are transported in cattle trucks to the “Gate of Death”, a little border town where they are offloaded until they can be brought in another train to the death camp. The people are herded together in a courtyard and wait for the train from Germany. The mother is one of those waiting. She suddenly overcomes her inbred obedience and risks trying to break out of the seemingly inexorable transport to destruction. Through a mixture of courage, cunning and sudden insubordination, she manages to return to Budapest.

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