Programme

LORE

Cate Shortland

Germany, Australia, United Kingdom, 2012 / 109 min / German OV with French and Dutch subt. / Drama, History, War

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020

An intense portrait of two young adults fleeing the chaos at the end of World War II: When your life is a lie, who can you trust?

Southern Germany in the spring of 1945. When their Nazi parents are taken into Allied custody, fifteen-year-old Lore takes charge of her younger brothers and sisters and sets out to join their grandmother in Hamburg, some 900 km away. On their arduous journey through a war-ravaged country, the children are exposed to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. With food hard to come by, and the journey becoming ever more dangerous, the children meet Thomas, a young Jewish survivor who helps them negotiate their way through tricky situations. But years of indoctrination and the old ideology have left their mark on Lore who must place her trust in the very person she was taught to hate.

Lore is an engaging, visually stunning, and beautifully scored film driven from the perspective of the innocent victims of war, the children. Lore functions as a lyrical, deeply affecting study into a rarely seen legacy of the Holocaust.

Screenings
Wed 20/11 08:15 CNA Dudelange DE OV with FR & NL subt. Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-2/
Wed 22/01 08:15 Ciné Sura, Echternach - DE OV with FR & NL subt. Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3/
Fri 24/01 08:15 Kulturhuef, Grevenmacher - DE OV with FR & NL subt. Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-2-2/
Mon 27/01 08:15 Ciné Scala, Diekirch - DE OV with FR & NL subt. Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-2-2-2/
Wed 29/01 08:15 Kulturfabrik, Esch - DE OV with FR & NL subt. Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-2-2-2-2...
Fri 31/01 08:15 Cinémathèque DE OV with FR & NL subt. Scolaire https://zpb.lu/event_cpt/uploading_holocaust-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-2-2-2-2...

“This measured, subtly complex film keeps a respectful distance from well-documented WWII atrocities to allow for an ambiguous reading of evil.” Megan Lehmann, The Hollywood Reporter, 11/06/2012

Lore offers a fresh, intimate and mostly successful perspective on Germany's traumatic transition from conqueror nation to occupied state. […] Maintaining a studied, low-key approach even in the most confronting circumstances, the screenplay transports Lore into the physical wreckage and destructive emotional forces of guilt, denial and utter bewilderment engulfing fellow citizens attempting to process Germany’s capitulation. […] Rosendahl essays her complex role with a maturity and assurance that keeps her character compelling despite being impossible to like for almost the entire film. Supporting perfs are strong down the line.” Richard Kuipers, Variety, 12/06/2012

“Told through the eyes of a teenage girl, this superbly shot German-British-Australian co-production rather controversially offers up as victims, not those subjected to barbarous anti-Semitic crimes, but the bewildered German civilians struggling in the wake of WWII to comprehend what just happened. […] It’s a strange sort of coming-of-age, undertaken during one of history’s darkest periods by a girl with a dawning understanding of events who’s still too young to be guilty.” Megan Lehmann, The Hollywood Reporter, 11/06/2012

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Awards
  • AACTA Award – Best Young Actor for Saskia Rosendahl, Australian Academy of Cinema And Television Arts Awards, 2013 (Australia)
  • Golden Tripod – Best Cinema Feature, Australian Cinematographers Society, 2013 (Australia)
  • ADG Award – Best Direction in a Feature Film, Australian Directors Guild, 2013 (Australia)
  • AFCA Award – Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Australian Film Critics Association Awards, 2013 (Australia)
  • AFCA Award – Best Actress for Saskia Rosendahl, Australian Film Critics Association Awards, 2013 (Australia)
  • AFCA Award – Best Director, Australian Film Critics Association Awards, 2013 (Australia)
  • Awgie Award – Best Feature Film - Adaptation, Australian Writers’ Guild, 2013 (Australia)
  • Best Music for Max Richter, Bayerischer Filmpreis, 2013 (Germany)
  • Tiantian Award – Best Cinematography, Beijing International Film Festival, 2013 (China)
  • Tiantian Award – Best Director, Beijing International Film Festival, 2013 (China)
  • Special Jury Award, Beijing Student Film Festival, 2013 (China)
  • FCAA Award – Best Performance by a Young Actor for Saskia Rosendahl, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, 2013 (Australia)
  • FCAA Award – Best Director, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, 2013 (Australia)
  • Editing Award, Filmplus Festival für Filmschnitt und Montagekunst, 2013 (Germany)
  • Film Award in Bronze – Outstanding Feature Film, Deutscher Filmpreis, 2013 (Germany)
  • DSP Award – Best Young Actor for Kai-Peter Malina, Deutscher Schauspielerpreis, 2013 (Germany)
  • ICS Award – Best Picture Not Released in 2012, International Cinephile Society Awards, 2013 (USA)
  • Breaking Waves Award, Titanic International Film Festival, 2013 (Hungary)
  • Aurora Award, Tromsø International Film Festival, 2013 (Norway)
  • Critics Award, Hamburg Film Festival, 2012 (Germany)
  • Golden Starfish Award, Hamptons International Film Festival, 2012 (USA)
  • Cinematography Award, Hamptons International Film Festival, 2012 (USA)
  • Jeremy Nussbaum Prize for Provocative Fiction, Hamptons International Film Festival, 2012 (USA)
  • Best Feature Film, Hessischer Filmpreis, 2012 (Germany)
  • Audience Award – Best Feature, Ljubljana International Film Festival, 2012 (Slovenia)
  • Audience Award, Locarno International Film Festival, 2012 (Switzerland)
  • Bronze Horse – Best Film, Stockholm Film Festival 2012 (Sweden)
  • Best Actress – Saskia Rosendahl, Stockholm Film Festival, 2012 (Sweden)
  • Best Cinematography & Best Music, Stockholm Film Festival, 2012 (Sweden)
  • Best Director, The WIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards, 2012 (UK)
  • Pilar Miró Award – Best New Director, Valladolid International Film Festival, 2012 (Spain)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi, Hans- Jochen Wagner, Mika Seidel, André Frid, Eva-Maria Hagen
Screenplay 
Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee, based on the novel “The Dark Room” by Rachel Seiffert
Cinematographer 
Adam Arkapaw
Sound 
Sam Petty, Michael Busch
Set 
Silke Fischer
Music 
Max Richter
Production 
Rohfilm, Porchlight Films, Edge City Films
Distribution 
Cinemien
Biography

Born in 1968 in Temora, Australia, Cate Shortland studied at Sydney University, graduating with a BA in Fine Arts in 1991. In 2000 she received her graduate diploma in directing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Cate Shortland has written and directed four multi-award-winning short films – Strap on Olympia (1995), Pentuphouse (1998), Flowergirl (1999) and Joy (2000) – before writing and directing her first feature Somersault which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2004 in the “Un Certain Regard” section. With her long-awaited second film, Lore (2012), she ventured into the realm of literary adaptations, reworking the Booker Price-nominated The Dark Chamber by Rachel Seiffert for the big screen. In 2017, she tried her hands at the mystery thriller genre, with Berlin Syndrome. She is currently working on Black Widow, the next entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, set for release in 2020.

Filmography
  • 2019 – SMILF (4 episodes of the TV series )
  • 2017 – Berlin Syndrom
  • 2012 – Lore
  • 2006 – The Silence
  • 2004 – Somersault
  • 2002-2003 – Bad Cop, Bad Cop (4 episodes of the TV series )
  • 2001-2003 – The Secret Life of Us (10 episodes of the TV series )
  • 2000 – Joy (short)
  • 1999 – Flowergirl (short)
  • 1998 – Pentuphouse(short)
  • 1995 – Strap on Olympia (short)