The Island on Bird Street 1997
PG-13 | 1h 47min | Drama, War | 11 April 1997 (Denmark)
Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG-13 for violence
Not least because it is apparently a true story. Alex is an 11 year old boy, stuck in an almost empty city awaiting his father’s return. The plot, though slow is tense, holding an audience’s attention throughout. What I most liked about this film was the sense of realness, as I watched it(though the language was English) I felt that somehow I was in fact watching an actually documentary as it unfolded. the clothes the sets the streets, everything was real. The acting is so well performed I could easily assume that these were real people, in particular Jordan Kiziuk’s performance of Alex. The ending was tear-jerking, and I mean big blobby tears that swam in torrents. It was an all-round wonder to watch.
Director: Sxc3xb8ren Kragh-Jacobsen
Writers: Uri Orlev (novel), John Goldsmith (screenplay)
Stars: Patrick Bergin, Jordan Kiziuk, Jack Warden
Country: Denmark | UK | Germany | France
Language: English | German | Latin
Release Date: 11 April 1997 (Denmark)
Also Known As: Die Insel in der Vogelstrasse
Filming Locations: Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland