When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit will open on May 21 in New York (Quad Cinema; Cinema 1, 2 &3), Los Angeles (Laemmle's Royal, Encino's Town Center 5, and Pasadena Playhouse 7), Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle with key theatrical markets to follow.
About the novel:
Judith Kerr, whose family ended up in England where she was raised, educated, and lived her adult life, is considered one of the world’s most successful children’s book authors, her works translated into 25 languages with over ten million copies sold. Originally written in English, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit won the German Children’s Literature Award in 1974 and has been read in German and English schools for over forty years to gently introduce children to the subject of fascism and its repercussions. Focused on the importance of examining prejudice, it reminds adults how solidarity, empathy, and optimism carried Anna and her family safely through barbaric times.
About Caroline Link:
Caroline Link was born in Bad Nauheim in 1964. In 1986, she began her studies in film and television documentary at the University of Television and Film Munich. Her graduation film Sommertage won the Kodak Promotion Award at the Hof International Film Festival in 1990. On the side she worked as an assistant director and screenwriter (including for the detective series Der Fahnder). In 1992, she directed the children’s film Kalle der Träumer for ZDF. The same year Link began research for the screenplay for Beyond Silence, about deaf parents and their musically gifted daughter. In 1995, she filmed the drama, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1998, making Link an internationally known director. The film won many awards, including the Bavarian Film Award, German Film Award in Silver, Gilde Film Award in Gold, and outside of Germany, awards for best film at the festivals in Tokyo, Chicago, Vancouver, and Calcutta.
In 1999, Link once again demonstrated her flair for touching stories with the successful Erich Kästner adaptation Annaluise & Anton. For this film as well, she was honored with several national and international awards, including the Bavarian Film Award.
Link went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film with Nowhere in Africa (2001). The adaptation of Stefanie Zweig’s novel won four German Film Awards and, like her preceding works, was also a great commercial success, with each of the three films drawing between 1.7 and 1.9 million viewers at movie theaters. In 2008, Link directed the drama A Year Ago in Winter, based on the novel by Scott Campbell about a mother and her daughter who, after the suicide of their son and brother, deal with grief in very different ways. Leading actress Karoline Herfurth won the Bavarian Film Award and German Film Critics Award for her performance as best young actress. Director Caroline Link won the Bavarian Film Award in the Best Directing category. The film received the German Film Award in Silver in the Best Feature Film category. Film composer Niki Reiser was honored for Best Score, while leading actor Josef Bierbichler and editor Patricia Rommel were also nominated.
In her next film Exit Marrakech (2013), for which she also wrote the screenplay, Link confronted a German theater director (Ulrich Tukur) producing a play in Morocco with his rebellious sixteen-year-old son, who accuses him of failing in his role as a father. For his performance, Samuel Schneider won the New Faces Award for Best Young Actor in 2014.
All About Me (2018), based on Hape Kerkeling’s boyhood memories, has been Link’s most successful film to date with 3.7 million viewers. It also won many awards, including three German Film Awards, the Bavarian Film Award, the German Acting Award, the Jupiter Award, and three Austrian Romys. Julius Weckauf, who played the young Hape Kerkeling, received honors including the New Faces Award and the Golden Space Needle Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.
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Thanks to Sophie Gluck (Sophie Gluck & Associates), Greenwich Entertainment, and the Consulate General of Germany Los Angeles for their organizational support.