1328 – The Exception (2016)

timespace coordinates: Occupied Holland during World War II

The Exception is a 2016 romantic war drama directed by David Leveaux, in his directorial debut, and written by Simon Burke, based on Alan Judd‘s 2003 novel The Kaiser’s Last Kiss. The film stars Jai CourtneyLily JamesJanet McTeer, and Christopher Plummer.

The plot is a fictionalized account of the life of exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II (Plummer). When a Wehrmacht officer (Courtney) is ordered to determine whether or not a British spy has infiltrated the Kaiser’s residence with a view to assassinating the deposed monarch. (wiki)

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1321 – Stalingrad (2013)

timespace coordinates: November 1942, the Battle of Stalingrad (Volgograd)

Stalingrad (Russian: Сталинград) is a 2013 Russian war film directed by Fedor Bondarchuk. The screenwriter studied diaries of the participants of the Battle of Stalingrad. He also used museum archives, documents and recorded stories of its participants.

The prototype of this house is the legendary Pavlov’s House in Stalingrad. (wiki)

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1320 – The Collini Case (2019)

timespace coordinates: 1944 – 1968 – 2001 berlin germany / pisa / montecatini tuscany italy

The Collini Case (German: Der Fall Collini) is a 2019 German crime-drama-thriller film loosely based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Ferdinand von Schirach, a legal thriller that deals with Germany’s Nazi past and that was inspired by the author’s own family history. The film is directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner and stars Elyas M’Barek, Alexandra Maria Lara, Heiner Lauterbach, Manfred Zapatka and Franco Nero.

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1295 – The Keep (1983)

timespace coordinates: 1941 Dinu Pass, Romanian Alps, somewhere north of Ploiesti

MV5BOWMzOGFiZjQtMmQxZS00Yzg3LThiNDEtYjdiNGM1YTFkYzAyXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTQxNzMzNDI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,675,1000_AL_The Keep is a 1983 supernatural horror film directed by Michael Mann and starring Scott GlennGabriel ByrneJürgen ProchnowAlberta Watson and Ian McKellen. It was released by Paramount Pictures. The story is based on the F. Paul Wilson novel of the same name, originally published in 1981. The theme and music was composed by Tangerine Dream.  (wiki)

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1237 – Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

timespace coordinates: 1916  – 1941 London / Cotchford Farm, the northern edge of Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, South East England.

Goodbye Christopher Robin is a 2017 British biographical drama film about the lives of Winnie-the-Pooh creator A. A. Milne and his family, especially his son Christopher Robin. It was directed by Simon Curtis and written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Simon Vaughan, and stars Domhnall GleesonMargot Robbie, and Kelly Macdonald. (wiki)

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1216 – Sanatorium pod Klepsydra / The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)

Among all the tales there is one, / which you haven’t heard / and which the night reclaimed long ago. / Have you enough patience to listen to it?

The Hourglass Sanatorium (Polish: Sanatorium pod klepsydrą) is a 1973 Polish film directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has, starring Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Kondrat, Mieczysław Voit, Halina Kowalska and Gustaw Holoubek. The story follows a young Jewish man who visits his father in a mystical sanatorium where time does not behave normally. The film is an adaptation of Bruno Schulz‘s story collection Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass. It won the Jury Prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. (Release)

MV5BMjIxMzBlNDgtMTM0Zi00MmEyLWIxMTAtYTFlNGE4OTMyZWVjL2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTAyODkwOQ@@._V1_timespace coordinates: The time period of the film is a mixture of elements from the turn-of-the-century Galicia where Schulz grew up, and Has‘ own pre-World War II memories of the same region

Joseph (Jan Nowicki) travels through a dream-like world, taking a dilapidated train to visit his dying father, Jacob, in a sanatorium. When he arrives at the hospital, he finds the entire facility is going to ruin and no one seems to be in charge or even caring for the patients. Time appears to behave in unpredictable ways, reanimating the past in an elaborate artificial caprice.

Though Joseph is always shown as an adult, his behavior and the people around often depict him as a child. He befriends Rudolf, a young boy who owns a postage stamp album. The names of the stamps trigger a wealth of association and adventure in Joseph. Among the many occurrences in this visually potent phantasmagoria include Joseph re-entering childhood episodes with his wildly eccentric father (who lives with birds in an attic), being arrested by a mysterious unit of soldiers for having a dream that was severely criticized in high places, reflecting on a girl he fantasized about in his boyhood and commandeering a group of historic wax mannequins. Throughout his strange journey, an ominous blind train conductor reappears like a death figure.

Has also adds a series of reflections on the Holocaust that were not present in the original texts, reading Schulz’s prose through the prism of the author’s death during World War II and the demise of the world he described. (wiki)

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“There are things than cannot ever occur with any precision. They are too big and too magnificent to be contained in mere facts. They are merely trying to occur, they are checking whether the ground of reality can carry them. And they quickly withdraw, fearing to loose their integrity in the frailty of realization. ”  (Bruno Schulz)

1208 – Little Boy (2015)

timespace coordinates: 1945 seaside town of O’Hare, CaliforniaMV5BMTUyMjkxMTEzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzA2MTM2NDE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,666,1000_AL_Little Boy is a 2015 (Mexico | USA) World War II war-drama film directed by Alejandro Gómez Monteverde. The film stars Jakob SalvatiEmily WatsonDavid HenrieCary-Hiroyuki TagawaMichael RapaportBen ChaplinEduardo VerásteguiTed LevineAbraham Benrubi, and Tom Wilkinson. The title is a reference to Little Boy, the code name for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, as well as a reference to the main character Pepper’s height. (wiki)

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