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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Ashcan

2018, Willy Perelsztejn, Luxembourg/Belgium, 90 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 16th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 19th 6:00pm

This dramatized chronicle of the interrogations of high-level Nazis including Hermann Göring, Karl Dönitz, Wilhelm Keitel, and scores more, as they were held by the U.S. Army at a secret Luxembourg prison, code-name Ashcan, prior to the Nuremberg trials, is a gripping blend of dialogue created from real transcripts and artful characterizations. Writer/director Perelsztejn creates the film from the rehearsals of his own stage play, as actors come to grips with characters that range from defiant to self-pitying to sly and deceptively compliant. The narrative foregrounds the encounters of interrogator John Dolibois, a green young G.I. of Luxembourg descent, selected for the work owing to his proficiency in German. In German, French, and English with English subtitles. ProRes digital. Courtesy of Films de la Mémoire. (BS)

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