Over the decades, we’ve seen quite a few filmmakers tackle the story of Hitler’s rise in Western Europe. We’ve seen war films and heartfelt dramas. We’ve seen it from the side of the Allies who fought in World War II to the story of the atrocities that occurred at the concentration camps. And in the upcoming drama, “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit,” we see how all of this political turmoil trickles down to the life of a young girl.
As seen in the trailer for “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit,” the film tells the story of a young girl, Anna, that is forced to leave her home and her country as a refugee when Hitler’s power began to grow in Germany. Of course, just because she was able to escape doesn’t mean the horrors didn’t follow her, as she is forced to deal with anti-Semitism and the disappearance of her father.
The new period drama comes from filmmaker Caroline Link, who is probably best known for her Academy Award-winning film, “Nowhere in Africa.” Link directed the film, as well as co-wrote the feature alongside Anna Brüggemann. “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” is based on the acclaimed, bestselling book by author Judith Kerr. The story is actually based on the childhood of Kerr, who was raised in England after her family sought safety before World War II.
“When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” debuts on May 21 in New York City with other markets to follow in the weeks after. You can watch the trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
Anna is too busy with schoolwork and friends to notice Hitler’s face glaring from posters plastered all over 1933 Berlin. But when her father (Oliver Masucci) – based on the prominent theater critic Alfred Kerr – suddenly vanishes, the family is secretly hurried out of Germany. Anna begins to understand life will never be the same as she and her family navigate unfamiliar lands and cope with the challenges of being refugees.