Fugitive Pieces


1h 45m 2007

Brief Synopsis

Jakob Beer is a nine-year-old boy in 1942 Poland. Nazi soldiers have murdered his parents and abducted his teenage sister, Bella. Traumatized by this horrific event, Jakob sneaks out of his hiding place and struggles to survive. He is found by Athos Roussos, a Greek archaeologist working at a Polish

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Foreign
Political
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Astral Media; Entertainment One; Entertainment One; Entertainment One; Entertainment One Features; Entertainment One Features; Harold Greenberg Fund; Mr. X Inc.; Ontario Media Development Corporation; StraDa Films; TTlTfilm Canada
Distribution Company
Samuel Goldwyn Films; Audiovisual Enterprises (Greece); Aztec International Entertainment; Samuel Goldwyn Films; Thunderbird Releasing; United International Pictures
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

Jakob Beer is a nine-year-old boy in 1942 Poland. Nazi soldiers have murdered his parents and abducted his teenage sister, Bella. Traumatized by this horrific event, Jakob sneaks out of his hiding place and struggles to survive. He is found by Athos Roussos, a Greek archaeologist working at a Polish dig site in Biskupin. Moved by the child's plight, Athos boldly smuggles Jakob out of Poland and hides him in his home on the island of Zakynthos in Greece, also occupied by the Germans. Jakob spends the last years of the Occupation in Athos' tender care. After the war, Athos and Jakob immigrate to Canada, where Athos has accepted a teaching position with a University. As he matures, Jakob begins a new life, studying, writing, and eventually falling in love with Alex, a beautiful young woman. Yet he remains haunted by his parents' death and the question of his sister's fate. This terrible burden makes it impossible for him to live in the moment or to accept love when it is offered to him. Writing offers some relief, but it is not until he meets Michaela, a gentle soul who truly understands--and accepts--his pain, that Jakob allows himself to join the living. The lessons he learns become a legacy to Ben, a child of survivors whose life intersects with Jakob's in meaningful ways.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Foreign
Political
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Astral Media; Entertainment One; Entertainment One; Entertainment One; Entertainment One Features; Entertainment One Features; Harold Greenberg Fund; Mr. X Inc.; Ontario Media Development Corporation; StraDa Films; TTlTfilm Canada
Distribution Company
Samuel Goldwyn Films; Audiovisual Enterprises (Greece); Aztec International Entertainment; Samuel Goldwyn Films; Thunderbird Releasing; United International Pictures
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Marco Aurelio Award for Best Actor (Rade Serbedzija) at the 2007 Rome International Film Festival.

Limited Release in United States May 2, 2008

Released in United States Spring May 2, 2008

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States October 2007

Released in United States 2008

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Canadian Images) September 27-October 12, 2007.

Shown at Rome International Film Festival (Competition) October 18-27, 2007.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (World Cinema) January 24-February 3, 2008.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Emerging Masters) May 22-June 15, 2008.

Based on the novel "Fugitive Pieces" by Anne Michaels; published by McClelland & Stewart 1996.

Limited Release in United States May 2, 2008

Released in United States Spring May 2, 2008

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival (Canadian Images) September 27-October 12, 2007.)

Released in United States October 2007 (Shown at Rome International Film Festival (Competition) October 18-27, 2007.)

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (World Cinema) January 24-February 3, 2008.)

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival (Emerging Masters) May 22-June 15, 2008.)