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Minneapolis WWII survivor honored at Harbour of Hope North American Premiere
Harbour of Hope will have its North American premiere in Minneapolis, the hometown of Joe Rozenberg. Rozenberg is one of three survivors from the WWII concentration camps portrayed in the heart breaking but life-affirming film.
Upon the announcement of having the North American premiere of Harbour of Hope in Minneapolis Director Magnus Gertten says:
We are very proud to bring Harbour of Hope to Minneapolis, the hometown of one of our Harbour of Hope heroes, Joe Rozenberg. After bringing Joe and the other protagonists of the film to Malmö, Sweden for the very first gala screening of the film, we now see it as a natural step to bring the film to Joe’s place, so to say. We feel proud to honour Joe by screening the film together with him and his family in Minneapolis.
At the gala premiere of Harbour of Hope in Malmö, Sweden all five protagonists of the film were united. At the event Joe Rozenberg gave an outstanding and very emotional speech. Despite not living in Sweden for many decades Rozenberg stood in front of a fully packed cinema, gave a speech in Swedish, and thanked the citizens of Malmö for helping him survive the Holocaust. You can see Rozenberg’s speech (with UK translation)
Director Magnus Gertten and Producer Lennart Ström will be at Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival to screen the film together with Joe Rozenberg. The screenings are scheduled as follows:
Friday, April 20, 2012 at 4:30pm. St. Anthony Main Theatre 115 SE Main, Minneapolis
Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 12:30pm. St. Anthony Main Theatre 115 SE Main, Minneapolis
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is the first North American stop on the international festival tour for Harbour of Hope. This North American Premiere follows the first round of successful European festival releases of the film. Among upcoming festivals is Krakow International Film Festival. More festivals will be announced at the Harbour of Hope Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/
About Harbour of Hope
In 1945 Irene, Ewa and Joe were among the nearly 30.000 survivors rescued from German concentration camps and sent to the peaceful harbor town of Malmö, Sweden. Here they started a new life. Through unique archival footage, we see 10-year-old Irene taking her first shaky steps as a free person. We see newborn Ewa being carried off the boat by her mother. And we meet Joe, who arrived as a child without his family. In Harbor of Hope, they tell their amazing stories from the moment of liberation to the unsolved mysteries of the present time. A film about dealing with war memories, the importance of a helping hand and finding a harbor of hope.
…the film is so well mastered and captures your interest from start till end…
Harbour of Hope review by Danish film critic Tue Steen Müller