- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 4, 2003
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.66
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.66
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"His penis saved his soul... Otherwise he might have become a total Nazi." Holland talks to Amy Taubin about "Europa, Europa."
- Sight & Sound
"You know there are two new Europes - the west and the east... Western Europe has become very proud; they've forgotten that their roots are not so nice. And in the east, it's the same thing only they want to be more like the west. They want to be the European New Order. But Europe, any Europe, never resolved the madness... of the of the Holocaust and something larger that is was a part of - the dream of making a totalitarian state that's more important that the individual. Of course there's difference between Communism and Nazism. Communist ideology in some way was utopian. It was about social justice, while Nazism was clearly a pathology from the beginning." Holland talks with Amy Taubin about her film "Europa Europa."
- Sight & Sound, 11/1993
New York Times - 06/28/1991
"...[EUROPA, EUROPA] brings new immediacy to the outrage by locating specific, wrenching details....Several remarkable episodes..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/26/1991
"...It's an incredible story, as only true stories can be..."
A true story based on the remarkable autobiography of Soloman Perel, this film details the events of his life as a Jewish boy in World War II Europe as he undergoes an odyssey for survival over the period 1938-1945. He escapes from a Polish ghetto, lives in a communist orphanage, attends an elite school for Hitler youth, and fights on several battlefields, all the while concealing his identity in this powerful motion picture directed by Agnieszka Holland (THE SECRET GARDEN).
Switching Roles |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: August 1991.
- The German export union refused to nominate the film as its candidate for the Academy Awards, according to reports. However, EUROPA EUROPA was included in the Best (Adapted) Screenplay category.