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Mix of coming-of-age, horror and war drama. End of WW II: in the woods danger lurks everywhere for a group of children who have just been freed from a concentration camp.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.


With World War II coming to an end, chaos prevails in ravaged Germany. The Soviet army liberates the horrific Gross-Rosen concentration camp. A group of children among the surviving prisoners is temporarily housed in an abandoned villa, supervised by 20-year-old Hanka, also a former prisoner. There is a shortage of everything, yet the children still regain some happiness. Meanwhile, a sinister danger is lurking in the forests surrounding them: the vicious German camp dogs, now also free, are roaming about looking for food, while German and Russian soldiers in hiding are also prowling the area. The children's survival instincts kick back in, they will have to fight for each and every morsel of food.

In his second feature film, for which he wrote the screenplay himself, Polish director Adrian Panek combined wartime drama with coming-of-age horror elements. It has garnered seven international film awards so far. Co-produced by Jan Doense aka Mr Horror.