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Hanna's Sleeping Dogs

Hanna's Sleeping Dogs

Starring legendary German actress Hannelore Elsner ("To Life")! | There‘s a very good reason why you should let sleeping dogs lie, as 9-year-old Johanna discovers. Growing up a good Catholic girl in the provincial Austrian town of Wels in the late 1960s, she learns from her grandmother her family‘s secret: they are Jewish. Life now starts to change, uncomfortably so: the caretaker bullies her, the religion teacher ignores her and her traumatized mother stops talking to people. Both older women know exactly who were the very worst Nazis back then. After the war they reinvented themselves as devout Catholics. Johanna, however, is determined not to hide, she wants to be proud of her heritage and now becomes Hanna. But the "sleeping dogs“ are awake, they are starting to bark and they still have their teeth.

Winner, Best Screenplay | Shanghai International Film Festival

Directed by Andreas Gruber
Germany/Austria, 2016
Drama, World War II, Jewish History
German (with English subtitles)
120 minutes

Hanna's Sleeping Dogs