Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day

The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp is marked this year by moving new German drama And Along Come Tourists about one young man’s experiences working at the concentration camp among all the tourists. There will also be a screening a few days later of Lajos Koltai’s excellent adaptation of Imre Kertesz’s semi autobiographical novel Fateless about the horrors of day-to-day life in the camp.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh on Wed 27 & Thu 28 Jan (And Along Come Tourists) and Mon 1 Feb (Fateless).

Fateless (Sorstalansag)

  • 4 stars
  • 2005
  • Hungary/Germany/UK
  • 2h 20min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lajos Koltai
  • Written by: Imre Kertesz
  • Cast: Marcell Nagy, Aron Dimeny, Andras M Kecskes, Joszef Gyabronka, Endre Harkanyi

14-year-old Gyurka, a Budapest Jew, is fated to endure stints in three concentration camps: Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald and Zeitz. Through a series of vignettes, Koltai follows his stoical attempts to survive barbaric conditions and experience moments of fleeting happiness to create a daring, affecting and superlative…

And Along Come Tourists

  • 2007
  • Germany
  • 1h 22min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Robert Thalheim
  • Written by: Robert Thalheim
  • Cast: Alexander Fehling, Ryszard Ronczewski, Barbara Wysocka

As an alternative to military service, Sven (Fehling), a nineteen-year-old German, is assigned to work at the former concentration camp Auschwitz. Here he is confronted by the demands of a modern tourist industry and the contempt of the local people.

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