Drama - Development 2020

1944. A Polish worker saves the life of a young Jewish woman who has escaped from the Nazis.

    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Drama, Jewish, Historical
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Chris MCHALLEM
    • Producer(s)
    • Mark FORSTATER (irregular features ltd), Yu-Fai SUEN
    • Synopsis
    • Poland 1944. Katya. 25, and two of her friends have escaped from a train leading to a death camp. She finds a shed behind a ruined building to hide in. The shed belongs to Marek, a builder who years before had accidentally burned down the house with his wife and daughter inside.

      When Marek discovers Katya, he demands that she leave, fearful of Nazi retribution against him and his sister's family. But Katya has nowhere to go and pleads with Marek to let her stay. One of her fellow escapees was killed by machine gun fire from the train, and the second is hanged with her Polish helper in the town square, an event witnessed by Marek.

      Marek has been coerced into fixing the drains at the Nazi camp, which puts him in danger of assassination by the partisans. But it also gives him access to extra food, which helps feed Katya.

      Marek also supplies Katya with blankets and books. When Magda, Marek's sister, discovers Katya's presence, she demands he tell the police to safeguard the family. Instead Marek takes Katya to a forest hide-out and manages to keep her alive for the winter.

      When the Russions are near, the Germans leave, but not before combing the forests for hidden Jews. Katya, once more on the run, is trapped on the road by the Nazi Halder. He is about to shoot her when Marek pulls out a hidden pistol and kills Halder. Katya is saved, but soon more soldiers are heard coming down the road. Marek and Katya play dead by the side of the road.

      The footsteps of the soldiers come up to them, and one soldier begins to intone the Mourner's Kaddish. Katya, realising the soldier is Jewish, opens her eyes and starts to intone with him. The Russian soldiers are amazed at this rising of the dead.

      Katya joins the soldiers who are on their way to Lodz where she will look for her parents. She and Marek hug and say goodbye.

    • Beginning of shooting
    • Mar 02, 2020
    • End of shooting
    • Apr 17, 2020