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Waiting for Anya

Ben Cookson | 2020 | 109 MINS
<Holocaust Memorial DayA special film presentation for local schools to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

During the dark days of WWII, Jo, a young shepherd along with the help of a reclusive widow help to smuggle Jewish children across the border from southern France into Spain.

In Detail

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s book that follows Jo (Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp) whose father is in a German POW camp. Jo discovers that mean old lady Widow Horcada (Anjelica Huston) is in fact heroically hiding Jewish children on her pig farm. Widow Horcada is also harbouring a Jewish man, Benjamin (Frederick Schmidt), who has become separated from his young daughter, Anya.

Jean Reno plays Jo’s grandfather, a salty first world war veteran. The film is gorgeous to look at, all alpine flowers and glorious green mountains. It is also beautifully and sensitively told.


To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2022, we will also be screening the documentary GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER(S) on Thu 27 Jan, as well as the NT Live event LEOPOLDSTADT on Thu 27 Jan & Tue 1 Feb.

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Screens as part of our Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations