Programme

WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT (ALS HITLER DAS ROSA KANINCHEN STAHL)

Caroline Link

Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic , 2019 / 119 min / German OV / Drama, History

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021 – School screenings

A new literary adaptation of Judith Kerr’s 1971 bestselling book about her family’s flight from Nazi Germany.

Nine-year-old Anne is living with her family in Berlin in 1933 and isn’t overly concerned with the creeping dread of Hitler’s rise to power and the changes coming to Germany. Her life is completely upended when her father – a well-known Jewish journalist – quietly vanishes one night. It turns out he had to flee to Switzerland on account of his unfavourable critique of National Socialism. The rest of the family follow soon after. Anna has to leave everything behind, including her beloved pink rabbit, and begins a new life full of challenges and privations as a refugee abroad. Yet Anna grows up, finds new friends, and learns to take responsibility. But once she has settled into her new life, the family are forced to move yet again. What follows is a courageous adventure full of fear and uncertainty, as the family navigate unfamiliar lands, and cope with the challenges of being refugees.

Academy-Award-winner Caroline Link returns with an engrossing adaptation of Judith Kerr’s beloved novel. Packed with stunning visuals and sweeping cinematography, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is a moving film about displacement and exile, a beautiful tribute to a lost childhood. In a child-friendly way, Caroline Link manages to tackle difficult issues such as National Socialism or the Holocaust.

Screenings
Mon 03/02 08:00 CNA Dudelange DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/als-hitler-das-rosa-kaninchen-stahl/
Wed 05/02 08:00 Ciné Scala, Diekirch | DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/als-hitler-das-rosa-kaninchen-stahl/
Mon 25/01 08:00 Kulturhuef-Kino, Grevenmacher | DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/als-hitler-das-rosa-kaninchen-stahl/
Wed 27/01 08:00 Kinoler, Kahler | DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/als-hitler-das-rosa-kaninchen-stahl/
Fri 29/01 08:00 Kulturfabrik, Esch-sur-Alzette | DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/als-hitler-das-rosa-kaninchen-stahl/
Mon 01/02 08:00 Cinémathèque DE OV Scolaire https://zpb.lu/als-hitler-das-rosa-kaninchen-stahl/
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Awards
  • Bester Jugendfilm, Bayrischer Filmpreis, 2020 (Germany)
  • Bester Programmfüllender Kinder- und Jugendfilm, Deutscher Filmpreis, 2020
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Riva Krymalowski, Oliver Masucci, Carla Juri, Justus von Dohnányi, Marinus Hohmann, Ursula Werner
Screenplay 
/ Caroline Link, Anna Brüggemann, based on the eponymous book by Judith Kerr
Cinematographer 
Bella Halben
Sound 
Roman Schwartz
Set 
Miyuki Kitagawa, Cora Wimbauer
Music 
Volker Bertelmann
Production 
Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, La Siala Entertainment, Hugofilm Productions, Mia Film
Biography

Caroline Link is a German director born in 1964. After interning at the Bavaria Studios, she graduated from the University of Television and Film Munich with her short Sommertage (1990). The following years, she worked as an assistant director, screenwriter and director for children’s television films, until having her breakthrough with her first feature Beyond Silence (1996) which was received the Bavarian Film Award as well as three German Film Awards. It was also nominated for the Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. In 2003, her third feature Nowhere in Africa (2001) went on to win the latter, alongside the Deutscher Filmpreis for the Best Film. Her next feature, A Year Ago in Winter, was released in 2008. In 2013, Caroline Link returned to the African continent with Exit Marrakech. Her 2018 adaptation of German comedian Hape Kerkeling’s autobiography All About Me was received very positively and became the highest-grossing German film of the year. Her seventh feature, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (2019), marks her return to a literary adaptation set during the rise of Hitler in Germany.

Filmography
  • 2019 – Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl
  • 2018 – Der junge muss an die frische Luft
  • 2013 – Exit Marrakech
  • 2008 – Im Winter ein Jahr
  • 2001 – Nirgendwo in Afrika
  • 1999 – Pünktchen und Anton
  • 1996 – Jenseits der Stille
  • 1993-1994 – Spurlos (TV series)
  • 1992 – Der Fahnder: Bis ans Ende der Nacht (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 1992 – Kalle der Träumer (short)
  • 1990 – Sommertage (short)
  • 1988 – Glück zum Anfassen (documentary)
  • 1988 – Bunte Blumen (short)