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'Modern-dress Holocaust drama' being screened by Sudbury Indie Cinema Saturday

'Transit' explores what the WWII refugee crisis would look like in the present day
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Sudbury Indie Cinema Co-op presents a screening of the 2018 “Transit” at Thorneloe University Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday evening. (Supplied)

Sudbury Indie Cinema Co-op presents a screening of the 2018 film “Transit” at Thorneloe University Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

The  film, put out this year by director Christian Petzod, is in German and French with English subtitles.

One review called it a "modern-dress Holocaust drama." It's an adaptation of Anna Seghers' 1942 novel about a German concentration camp survivor seeking passage to North America that's been stripped of any outward period trappings, and relocated to the present day.

Check out the film's full description below:

"German troops are fast approaching Paris. Georg, a German refugee, escapes to Marseille in the nick of time. 

"In his luggage, he carries the documents of an author, Weidel, who has taken his own life in fear of his persecutors. Those documents include a manuscript, letters and visa assurance from the Mexican embassy.

"In Marseille, only those who can prove they will leave, may remain. Visas for possible host countries, transit visas, and those scarce tickets for passage by ship are much needed. Georg has memorized Weidel's papers and assumes his identity. 

"He delves into the quasi-existence of flight: refugee chatter in the corridors of a small hotel, the consulates, cafés and bars that line the harbor. He befriends Driss, the son of his comrade Heinz, who died on the run. Why move on at all? Are new beginnings possible elsewhere anyway?

"Everything changes when Georg falls in love with the mysterious Marie. Is it devotion or calculation that has led her to share her life with a doctor, Richard, before journeying on in search of her husband? He's said to have surfaced in Marseille in possession of a Mexican visa for him and his wife."

Tickets to the film screening cost $12 in advance on Event Brite (online ticket sales end at 4 p.m. on the day of the event). Cash-only tickets will be available for $15 at the door.

 




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