Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Run Boy Run
(Lauf Junge lauf)

Year: 2014
Run Time: 112 minutes

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Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Pepe Danquart takes us on a heartrending journey in his latest film RUN BOY RUN. Eight-year-old Srulik is already on the run when we meet him in winter of 1942/1943. His clothes are tattered, and he is covered in filth. The expansive Polish countryside through which he traverses underscores both his diminutive frame and the sheer solitude of his trek. Through a flashback, we learn Srulik’s father’s parting advice: to be brave, to be strong, to change his name, but to never forget he is Jewish. And Srulik—who renames himself Jurek Staniak—is ever faithful to his father’s words. Under the constant threat of Nazis, Srulik acquires the necessary skills to survive through the kindness of strangers, including a group of Jewish orphans, a kindly Catholic mother, and a compassionate blacksmith, among others. But nothing comes easy for Srulik, and he can never stay in one place for too long in this beautiful, poignant film, based on a true story. (In Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew, and German with subtitles) – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:10 PM -
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11:30 AM -
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM -
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 10:55 AM

Jewish and Israeli Visions

Pepe Danquart

Born in 1955, German writer-director-producer Pepe Danquart began shooting films on a Super 8mm camera at the age of 13. His extensive oeuvre includes documentaries and narrative feature films, music videos, and commercials. His first fictional short film, "Black Rider" (1993), won the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film.

"Daedalus" (1991), "Phoolan Devi – Rebellion einer Banditin" (1994), "Nach Saison" (1997), "Heimspiel" (2000), "Mörderinnen" (2001), "Im Herzen des Lichts – Die Nacht der Primadonnen" (2002), "Angel of Death" (2002), "Hell on Wheels" (2004), "C(r)ook" (2004), "To the Limit" (2007), "Joschka und Herr Fischer" (2011), RUN BOY RUN (2014)

Pepe Danquart, Uwe Spiller

Heinrich Hadding

Daniel Gottschalk

Richard Marizy

Principal Cast
Andrzej Tkaczz, Jeanette Hain, Rainer Bock, Itay Tiran, Katarzyna Bargielowska

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