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“This harrowing but well-made film reminds us of the importance of giving testimony to atrocity and injustice” – Hollywood Reporter
Slovakia’s Oscar submission for best international film tells the true story of two Auschwitz prisoners who on 10 April 1944 managed to escape and provided a rare first-hand and shocking report on the genocide at the camp.
After meticulous planning and with the help and resilience of their fellow prisoners, they manage to escape. While the inmates they had left behind courageously stand their ground against the Nazi camp officers, the two men are driven to survive by the hope that their evidence could save lives. Emaciated and hurt, they make their way through the rugged mountains back to Slovakia ready to share their horrific report with the United States Red Cross.
Gripping and harrowing at every turn, The Auschwitz Escape honours the power of truth in a world that might not be ready to hear it.
Dir: Peter Bebjak
Cast: Noel Czuczor, John Hannah
Slo/Cze/Pol 2021, 1hr 34mins
BBFC certification: 15