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under strange skies

During the Second World War, Lisbon, like Casablanca, was a corridor for refugees going from Hitler's occupied territories to America. This film tells two parallel stories about exile and accommodation. Through a narrated memoir and photographs, the tale of a German Jewish family that decided to stay in Portugal is recounted. The larger, more sociological account of artists who used Lisbon's escape route is skilfully told as well, using beautifully shot historic footage and written memoirs by some of the era's leading intellectuals including Heinrich Mann (The Blue Angel) and Alfred Doeblin (Berlin Alexanderplatz). This film evokes a desperate, intenselyromantic period of exile, despair and, ultimately, freedom.(Marc Glassman, Hot Docs, Toronto)

narrated by Bruno Ganz, 57 min., digital, color, 2002

prod.: LX Filmes, Lisboa