MUSIC BOX FILMS HOME ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES
A YOUNG GERMAN GIRL’S JOURNEY ACROSS HER RAVAGED COUNTRY IN THE AFTERMATH OF WW II REVEALS A RARELY SEEN LEGACY OF HER COUNTRY AND THE HOLOCAUST IN THIS EVOCATIVE NEW DRAMA
NEWCOMER SASKIA ROSENDAHL TRIUMPHS
IN A STAR-MAKING PERFORMANCE
“Critic’s Pick.” – Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“It’s a remarkable accomplishment.” – Rex Reed, NEW YORK OBSERVER
“LORE is a rare, wonderful film that works not just as surface entertainment, but has deeper historical meaning, as well as an even grander, more universal statement.” –Jordan Hoffman, FILM.COM
A young German girl struggles to survive the punishing conditions of post-World War II Germany and begins to understand the harsh realities of her Nazi parents and their support of Hitler and his horrifying agenda in LORE, the award-winning drama written and directed by Australia’s Cate Shortland and starring the striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl.
Ms. Rosendahl stars as Lore, a 14-year-old girl who is left to fend for herself after her Nazi parents are imprisoned by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II. Lore takes the lead as she and her five siblings set out on a harrowing journey across the devastated country, towards the safety of their grandmother’s house in the North. On the road, the children struggle to survive the land’s punishing post-war conditions as Lore begins to understand the truths and consequences of her parents’ actions, their support of Hitler’s war, and their direct knowledge and support of the atrocities of the Holocaust. Meeting a mysterious young refugee during their travels, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she realizes that, in order to survive, she must trust the one person she has always been taught to hate.
Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release LORE on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and Digital platforms for the first time on May 28, 2013 (prebook April 23, 2013) following its theatrical rollout to theaters in the U.S.’s top 100 markets in 2012 and 2013. The LORE DVD and Blu-ray will include a host of bonus features and carry the suggested retail price of $29.95 and $34.95, respectively.
Based on the 2001 novel by Rachel Seiffert, LORE was nominated for 8 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, including Best Film, Best Direction and Best Young Actor (Saskia Rosendahl), and was Australia’s official selection for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Additionally, LORE was the winner of the Audience Award, 2012 Locarno International Film Festival, the Hesse Award for Best Feature Film at the 2012 Filmfest Hamburg, and the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award at the 2012 Hamptons Film Festival.
At Rotten Tomatoes, LORE garnered a stellar rating of 93%, based on 83 published reviews, with rising star Saskia Rosendahl receiving high praise for her breakout performance as a frightened little girl enveloped by a world that forces her to quickly grow into a capable young woman.
“Rosendahl brings a wonderful innocence and burgeoning sexual awakening to the role, while still evincing inner strength and complexity,” said Leba Hertz of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE of the young actress’s performance, while Scott Tobias of the AV CLUB describes her as “a magnetic screen presence.” Kenneth Turan of the LOS ANGELES TIMES put it most succinctly when he proclaimed, “Saskia Rosendahl is mesmerizing.”
Richly detailed and unforgettably haunting, LORE is both a lyrical tale of a girl subsumed by the often painful choices and realities that come with the blossoming of young adulthood, and a powerfully affecting examination of a painful legacy of the Holocaust that is rarely seen in modern cinema.
More information on LORE can be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website at http://www.musicboxfilms.com/lore-movies-53.php.
Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father (Hans-Jochen Wagner) and mother (Ursina Lardi), staunch Nazi believers, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year-old daughter Lore (Saskia Rosendahl), they set out from Bavaria across the devastated country, towards the safety of their grandmother’s house in the North.
On the road, the children struggle to survive the punishing post-war conditions as Lore begins to understand the reality and consequences of her Nazi parents’ actions, their support of Hitler and his disastrous war, their direct knowledge and support of the atrocities of the Holocaust. After meeting the charismatic Thomas (Kai Malina), a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive.
About Music Box Films:
Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading distributors of non-English language feature films in the US in theatres, on DVD/Blu-ray and via Video-on-Demand. Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One was the most popular foreign-language film of 2008. in 2010, the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy of international mega-sellers dominated the foreign-language film market. The first in the series, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was one the most popular international releases of the decade, earning more than $10 million at the U.S. box office. Additionally, Music Box’s recent US release of Monsieur Lazhar earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Music Box Films is rapidly expanding into English-language programming, having acquired and released Terence Davies’ period romantic drama The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation, which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.
LORE Music Box Films Director: Cate Shortland Cast: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Mika Seidel, André Frid, Eva-Maria Hagen Running Time: 108 minutes Format: Widescreen 1.85 Sound Format: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, 5.1 Dolby Digital Rating: NR Country: Germany/Australia Language: German with English subtitles
LORE is NOW playing in select theaters.
LORE will be available on Blu-ray, VOD, DVD, and Digital Download beginning May 24th.