Across The Waters (Fuglene Over Sundet)

Tuesday, May 8
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1hr 34mins // directed by:Nicolo Donato // featuring:David Dencik, Danica Curcic // in Danish with English subtitles


A musician and his family make a frantic escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark, in this white-knuckled Danish drama.

Enjoying the nightlife in 1943 Copenhagen, jazz guitarist Arne Itkin (David Dencik, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) initially dismisses his wife Miriam’s (Danica Curcic, Wallender) concerns about rumors of the round-up and deportation of Danish Jews. A night raid, however, forces the couple to flee with their young son to the fishing village of Gilleleje, where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. As the Gestapo and Danish collaborators close in, the family puts its fate in the hands of strangers whose allegiances and motives are not clear. Director Nicolo Donato, whose grandfather was one of the ferrymen, masterfully ratchets up the tension, heightening the suspense until the very last frame. Winner, Best Film, Rügen International Film Festival.

Screening as part of the National Center for Jewish Film’s 21st annual film festival.