Beta Cinema has offered the German box-office hit “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” by Oscar-winner Caroline Hyperlink to the U.S. Greenwich Leisure picked up the rights to the function, which has attracted nearly a million admissions since its Christmas launch in Germany alone.
German media lauded the movie, calling it “an actual godsend for the German cinema yr” (Spiegel), “a remarkably optimistic drama” (Stern) and “a movie that appeals to kids and adults equally” (Die Zeit).
The Sommerhaus manufacturing in co-production with Warner Bros. Leisure, Nextfilm Filmproduktion, La Siala Leisure, Hugofilm Manufacturing, and RAI Cinema stars Carla Juri (“Blade Runner 2049”), Oliver Masucci (“By no means Look Away,” “Look Who’s Again”) and Riva Krymalowski, and is predicated on the semi-biographical bestselling novel by Judith Kerr.
It follows 9-year-old Anna, who in 1933 has to flee the Nazis, leaving her favourite pink rabbit cuddly toy behind. From then on, the toy dominates Anna’s ideas, as her household strikes to Zurich and Paris, to lastly land in London. She encounters life in exile, not talking the language, not understanding customs and manners, lacking her mates and family members. But Anna grows up, finds new mates, learns to take accountability and is definite she will be able to do something.
“Our heroine feels the results of tyranny, antisemitism, displacement and being a refugee and regardless of these actual risks, one way or the other manages to maintain her innocence and sense of journey by means of all of it. Caroline Hyperlink has created a brand new basic movie of 20th-century childhood in extremis,” stated Edward Arentz, Greenwich co-MD, who negotiated the cope with Beta Cinema CEO Dirk Schuerhoff.