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The Island on Bird Street Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

A young boy learns a grownup's lesson in survival in this dramatic adventure. Alex (Jordan Kiziuk) is an 11-year-old boy who is living with his father Stefan (Patrick Bergin) and Uncle Boruch (Jack Warden) in a Jewish ghetto in Poland during WWII. While Alex has been able to hold onto some shards of his childhood innocence, he's all too aware of the dangers all around him, and his father has gone so far as to teach him how to use a gun for his own protection once the inevitable tragedy occurs. When Nazi troops begin clearing the Poles from the ghetto, Stefan tells his son to hide, and leaves him with the words, "No matter what happens, I will come back for you." Alex follows his fathers instruction to the letter; he makes a hiding place for himself in the loft of an old building, which he's able to furnish and can access with a rope ladder, while keeping a pet mouse who not only keeps him company but helps him find precious caches of food. With his favorite book, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, as his guide, Alex tries to outrun and outmaneuver the Nazi soldiers as he patiently waits for his father to make good on his promise. The Island on Bird Street was a multiple award-winner in its screenings at the 1997 Berlin International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Berlin International Film Festival Jordan Kiziuk Special Mention 1997 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Zbigniew Preisner Silver Bear for Outstanding Individual Performance 1997 Winner

Cast

Patrick Bergin
as Stefan
Jordan Kiziuk
as Alex
Jack Warden
as Boruch
James Bolam
as Dr. Studjinsky
Simon Gregor
as Henryk
Lee Ross
as Freddy
Michael Byrne
as Bolek
Heather Tobias
as Mrs. Studjinsky
Suzanna Hamilton
as Stasya's Mother
Stefan Sauk
Suzanna Hamilton
as Stasya's Mother
Heather Tobias
as Mrs. Studjinsky
Michael Byrne
as Bolek

Crew

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Director
Tivi Magnusson
Producer
Rudy Cohen
Producer
Tony Grisoni
Screenwriter
Uri Orlev
Book Author
John Goldsmith
Screenwriter
Ian Wilson
Cinematographer
Zbigniew Preisner
Composer (Music Score)
Norbert Scherer
Production Designer
Kim Magnusson
Executive Producer
David Korda
Executive Producer
Rolf Deyhle
Executive Producer
Bea Gossmann
Costume Designer
Per Streit
Sound/Sound Designer
David Ball
Line Producer
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