Agnieszka Holland

Europa Europa

Europa Europa

As World War II splits Europe, sixteen-year-old German Jew Salomon (Marco Hofschneider) is separated from his family after fleeing with them to Poland, and finds himself reluctantly assuming various ideological identities in order to hide the deadly secret of his Jewishness. He is bounced from a Soviet orphanage, where he plays a dutiful Stalinist, to the Russian front, where he hides in plain sight as an interpreter for the German army, and back to his home country, where he takes on his most dangerous role: a member of the Hitler Youth. Based on the real-life experiences of Salomon Perel, Agnieszka Holland’s wartime tour de force Europa Europa is a breathless survival story told with the verve of a comic adventure, an ironic refutation of the Nazi idea of racial purity, and a complex portrait of a young man caught up in shifting historical calamities and struggling to stay alive.

Film Info

  • Agnieszka Holland
  • Germany, France, Poland
  • 1990
  • 112 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • German, Russian, Polish
  • Spine #985

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Agnieszka Holland, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Holland
  • New interviews with Holland and actor Marco Hofschneider
  • New interview with Salomon Perel, on whose autobiography the film is loosely based
  • New video essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Amy Taubin

New cover by Gérard Dubois

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Jul 9, 2019

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Agnieszka Holland, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Holland
  • New interviews with Holland and actor Marco Hofschneider
  • New interview with Salomon Perel, on whose autobiography the film is loosely based
  • New video essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Amy Taubin

New cover by Gérard Dubois

Europa Europa
Cast
Marco Hofschneider
Salomon
Julie Delpy
Leni
René Hofschneider
Isaak
Hanns Zischler
Captain von Lereneau
Andrzej Mastalerz
Zenek
André Wilms
Robert
Ashley Wanninger
Gerd
Klaus Abramowsky
Father
Michèle Gleizer
Mother
Delphine Forest
Inna
Credits
Director
Agnieszka Holland
Written by
Agnieszka Holland
Based on the autobiography of
Salomon Perel
Produced by
Artur Brauner
Produced by
Margaret Menegoz
Executive producer
Lew Rywin
Executive producer
Janusz Morgenstern
Director of photography
Jacek Petrycki
Music by
Zbigniew Preisner
Film editing by
Ewa Smal
Film editing by
Isabelle Lorente
Art director
Allan Starski
Costumes by
Wiesława Starska
Costumes by
Małgorzata Stefaniak
Sound
Elisabeth Mondi
Production manager
Barbara Pec-Ślesicka