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Lea & Darija

Original title: Lea & Darija
German title: Lea & Darija
Croatia, 2011

Director: Ivanda, Branko
Production company: Ars Septima
Co-producers: Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT), Zagreb Film, ArtRebel9 (Slovenia)
Age recommendation: 12 years and up

This biographical film is based on the true story of Lea Deutch and Darija Gasteiger, the stars of a famous children’s show The Children’s Realm staged in the Croatian National Theatre during wwii. Lea, nicknamed ‘the Croatian Shirley Temple’ is an immensely popular and talented actress and dancer. Her chief rival is the theatre’s other big rising star, Darija. Lea is Jewish, while Darija is of German descent. The War separates their destinies forever. One ends in a wagon to Auswitz. The other survives thanks to a refugee wagon to Vienna.

Pula 2011 (awarded), Schlingel Chemnitz 2011, Cine-Jeune St. Quentin 2012

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Ars Septima (HR)