Fighter


1h 31m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Two European Jews who survived Nazism revisit Europe for a tour of their past. Seventy-seven-year-old Jan Wiener and seventy-two-year-old Arnost Lustig escaped concentration camps and managed to flee Europe, but only after losing their families. Now the two men return to visit the Czech Republic in

Film Details

MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Documentary
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
First Run Features
Location
Prague, Czech Republic; Cosenza, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

Synopsis

Two European Jews who survived Nazism revisit Europe for a tour of their past. Seventy-seven-year-old Jan Wiener and seventy-two-year-old Arnost Lustig escaped concentration camps and managed to flee Europe, but only after losing their families. Now the two men return to visit the Czech Republic in an attempt to make peace with their difficult pasts. Their journey takes them from Prague to the south of Italy, and along the way the two men regale each other with thrilling exploits, scenes of romance and humor, of narrow escapes and life-or-death confrontations. As they journey to the scene of Jan Wiener's escape from the Nazis, tempers flare and emotions boil over: the men argue, philosophize and drink. Their precarious friendship is brought to the point of collapse and yet there is a thread of compassion that runs through their encounters.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Documentary
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
First Run Features
Location
Prague, Czech Republic; Cosenza, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of Best Documentary at the 2000 Newport International Film Festival.

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States April 2000

Released in United States July 2000

Released in United States June 2000

Released in United States October 2000

Released in United States October 26, 2001

Released in United States on Video November 2, 2002

Released in United States on Video November 5, 2002

Released in United States September 2000

Released in United States Summer August 24, 2001

Awarded a special jury citation at the 2000 Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Awarded Best Documentary (the Audience Prize) at the 2000 Hamptons International Film Festival.

Awarded Best Documentary at the 2000 Fleadh Galway Film Festival.

Shown at Galway Film Fleadh July 11-16, 2000.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Starfish Documentaries) October 11-15, 2000.

Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 5-15, 2000.

Shown at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival April 13-18, 2000.

Shown at Newport International Film Festival June 6-11, 2000.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Real to Reel) September 7-16, 2000.

Feature directorial debut for Amir Bar-Lev.

Released in United States 2000 (Awarded a special jury citation at the 2000 Karlovy Vary Film Festival.)

Released in United States 2000 (Awarded Best Documentary (the Audience Prize) at the 2000 Hamptons International Film Festival.)

Released in United States 2000 (Awarded Best Documentary at the 2000 Fleadh Galway Film Festival.)

Released in United States April 2000 (Shown at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival April 13-18, 2000.)

Released in United States June 2000 (Shown at Newport International Film Festival June 6-11, 2000.)

BetaSP tape

Transfer at 4MC

Released in United States July 2000 (Shown at Galway Film Fleadh July 11-16, 2000.)

Released in United States July 2000 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 5-15, 2000.)

Released in United States Summer August 24, 2001

Released in United States September 2000 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Real to Reel) September 7-16, 2000.)

Released in United States October 2000 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Starfish Documentaries) October 11-15, 2000.)

Released in United States October 26, 2001 (Music Hall; Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video November 2, 2002

Released in United States on Video November 5, 2002