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ECFA Award Winner

Children of Chance

Original title: Enfants de la Chance, Les
German title: Verdammtes Glück
France, 2016

Director: Chibane, Malik
Production company: Les Films Manuel Munz
Age recommendation: 12 years and up
Length: 95 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Paris, during World War II: The Jewish boy Maurice Gutman breaks his leg and is brought to a hospital in the Paris suburb of Garches. It is the time when even in France Jews have to wear the yellow star and are exposed to persecution by the Germans. So Maurice watches from the ambulance his family being taken away. But he does not know the exact circumstances. At the clinic, chief physician Dr. Daviel diagnoses a tuberculosis pathogen in Maurice’s leg. The boy will have to spend three years, until the end of the war, in hospital. Maurice attributes this long stay only to his illness. He initially does not know that he is hidden from the German Nazis by Dr. Daviel and senior nurse Véronique, and thus damn lucky. Only when the letters to his family are returned to him, he and his friend Samuel are no longer allowed to speak Yiddish and he even gets a code name, Maurice understands he is in the utmost danger. (Source: Schlingel Chemnitz 2016)

Schlingel CFF Chemnitz 2016 (ECFA Award), KinOdiseea Bucarest 2016, Olympia CFF Pyrgos 2016, BUFF Malmö 2017

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