Synopsis

Stranded with her younger siblings, after their Nazi parents are imprisoned during the dying days of World War II, the young Lore (a stunning breakthrough performance by Saskia Rosendahl) leads the remains of her family across war-torn Germany. Among the chaos of a defeated nation, Lore encounters Thomas, a young Jewish refugee who begins to follow and help them. Lore finds her fragile reality shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire for Thomas and, as the consequences of her parents’ actions and beliefs slowly become apparent, she must begin to face the darkness within herself. Shot in bold, striking style by Cate Shortland (Somersault), Lore is a mesmerising, meticulously realised vision of a harrowing yet moving story. Shortland’s attention to detail and the beauty of the imagery she creates in her account of a national psyche brainwashed to believe in their own supremacy, only to confront the horror that resulted, is filled with brilliance and surprise in equal measure.

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Director

Cate Shortland
Cate Shortland studied at Sydney University and graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1991. In 2000 she graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School with a Graduate Diploma in Directing. She has written and directed four multi award winning short films – Strap on Olympia (Gold Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival 1995), Pentuphouse (Dendy Award, Sydney Film Festival 1999), Flower Girl (Dendy Award, Sydney Film Festival 2000, Oberhausen 16mm Best Film) and Joy (Best Film, Melbourne International Film Festival 2000). Her first feature Somersault premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival in the 'Un Certain Regard' section. She won Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Director and Writer the same year and Somersault was released in over 15 countries. She set up and directed a number of episodes of 'The Secret Life of Us' for Network 10/Channel 4 UK. She also directed the two one-hour miniseries The Silence for ABC TV, and most recently adapted one of the stories from Christos Tsiolkas' novel The Slap which went on to win numerous ACCTA awards including Best Television Drama Series.

Cast

Saskia Rosendahl: Lore Nele Trebs: Liesel Mike Weidner: Young German Soldier Ursina Lardi: Mutti Hans-Jochen Wagner: Vati


Crew

Cate Shortland: Director / writer Robin Mukherjee: Robin Mukherjee Rachel Seiffert: Writer (novel)

Details

Aspect ratio: 16:9 DVD and Blu-ray special features: Interview with director Cate Shortland, making-of featurette, theatrical trailer DVD catalogue number: ART646DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART065BD A Roh Film, Porchlight Films, Edge City Films production

Awards

Official selection - 2012 BFI London Film Festival
Special presentation - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival



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GENRE: Drama

CERTIFICATE: 15

DIRECTOR: Cate Shortland

CAST:
Saskia Rosendahl: Lore
Nele Trebs: Liesel
Mike Weidner: Young German Soldier
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CREW:
Cate Shortland: Director / writer
Robin Mukherjee: Robin Mukherjee
Rachel Seiffert: Writer (novel)
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DURATION: 109 Mins

COUNTRIES: Australia, Germany, UK

LANGUAGES: German

AWARDS:
Official selection - 2012 BFI London Film Festival
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