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The daughter of Nazis arrested by Allied forces ventures across Germany with her four younger siblings in hopes of reaching their grandmother, encountering a young Jewish refugee along the way who may prove to be their only hope of surviving the harrowing ordeal in this World War II drama based on Rachel Seiffert's novel The Dark Room. It's the spring of 1945. Adolf Hitler is dead and Allied forces are advancing through Germany, arresting and imprisoning Nazis as the fractured country's "final victory" slips permanently out of reach. Swept out of her opulent Bavarian home in a whirlwind by her father, an SS officer, and her embittered mother, 14-year-old Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) and her four younger siblings occupy a secluded farm; one day, their mother disappears down a long country road after telling Lore to find her way to her grandmother's house in Hamburg. Determined yet terrified, the shaken teen gathers up her siblings and sets out on a difficult journey across war-torn Germany. Later, just when it begins to seem as if all hope is lost, the weary young travelers cross paths with Thomas (Kai Malina), a young, enigmatic drifter who selflessly protects and feeds them. The fact that Thomas is Jewish challenges everything Lore has been taught to believe about the people whom the Führer despised, sparking an intense internal conflict in the confused adolescent, who will do anything to ensure the safety of her younger brothers and sisters. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:February 8, 2013


Ursina Lardi
as Mutti
Hans-Jochen Wagner
as Vati
Eva-Maria Hagen
as Omi
Sven Pippig
as Farmer
Philip Wiegratz
as Helmut
Katrin Pollitt
as Farmer's Wife
Hendrik Arnst
as Ox Cart Man
Claudia Geisler
as Ox Cart Woman
Pit Bukowski
as German Soldier 2


Cate Shortland
Liz Watts
Karsten Stoter
Robin Mukherjee
Cate Shortland
Adam Arkapaw
Max Richter
Composer (Music Score)
Veronika Jenet
Silke Fischer
Production Designer
Margaret Matheson
Executive Producer
Vincent Sheehan
Executive Producer
Sam Petty
Sound/Sound Designer
Adam Arkapaw
Camera Operator
Anja Dihrberg
Sam Petty
Sound Mixer
Jacqueline Rietz
Colleen Clarke
Post Production Supervisor
Sam Petty
Supervising Sound Editor