SUN. NOV. 9, 2014 @ 7.00 PM
Directed by Academy Award winner Pepe Danquart (2013) – 113 minutes
The new film by Academy Award Winner Pepe Danquart “Run Boy Run” brings to the screen the best seller novel by Uri Orlev. It’s the true story of Jurek (Andrzej Takcz) an eight-year-old boy who escapes from the Warsaw ghetto, then manages to survive in the woods and working as a farmhand, disguising himself as a Polish orphan. He encounters people who will betray him for a reward, who will beat him up or try to kill him, and he meets those who will do and risk almost everything to help him. Jurek’s resilience is put to the ultimate test when an accident cripples him, making it harder to find work. But he struggles against all odds. Eventually the Russians reach his area and Jurek even finds a family where he could stay. Yet he is betrayed again, and a young man from a Jewish orphanage forcefully tries to bring Jurek back to his people and his faith. As Jurek revisits his hometown and his abandoned home, we find out that the inner voice that has kept him hanging on over the years is in fact the echo of an earlier incident, a twist of fate that is as heartbreaking as it is encouraging and that will now help Jurek in making a choice between his true and his adopted identity.
This movie is proudly sponsored by the German Program in the School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University.