Budapest under the Arrow Cross
Film's release delayed
A powerful new film inspired by a true story. This feature follows the heroic lives of a world leader and a young man swept up in the horrors of WWII. Both men are from Hungary – a country and German ally that had been spared the atrocities orchestrated by Hitler throughout much of Europe. As the war reaches its climax, Germany begins to doubt the loyalties of the Hungarian leadership-in particular Regent Horthy (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley). The Regent tries to navigate his country between the growing terror of Nazi Germany and the oppressive threat of communist Russia. He is ultimately faced with ceding power to another political party or accepting the execution of his son. As the crisis unfolds, thousands of his citizens are forced underground or put into ghettos. One of them is a young man named Elek Cohen (Jonas Armstrong) who is separated from his family and determined to find them. Aided by the woman he loves (Hannah Tointon), Elek disguises himself as a Nazi SS officer and discovers the truth of Hitler's 'Final Solution'. In a race against time to save his family and thousands of his countrymen, he embarks on a journey filled with suspense and danger. An inspirational film of love, war, and sacrifice...
Against the backdrop of war-torn Budapest, Hungary during the Second World War, a young man became a hero to the Jewish people. As a rabbi’s son from a small village called Kisvarda, Pinchas Tibor Rosenbaum fought against great odds in one of Hungary’s most terrifying periods. During the Nazi occupation in 1944, he and a group of resistance fighters, managed to outsmart the German machine and save thousands of Jews from deportation and extermination in the camps.
Thanks to his courage and Aryan features, Rosenbaum was able to disguise himself in the uniform of the Arrow Cross, the Hungarian Nazi party, in order to obtain information on Jewish individuals and families that were to be seized. He would then proceed to their homes, disguised in uniform, barking orders and threats while corralling the families into the Arrow Cross vehicles. He was convincing even to those he was saving. He would only reveal himself as a Jew once they reached their destination. One of the destinations was an old glass factory that had been taken over by the Swiss government. It was a diplomatic facility that printed protective Swiss passports for Hungarian Jews during the war. It also became a safe-house for those fortunate enough to be rescued by Rosenbaum and his comrades.
Unfortunately unable to save his own family from Hitler’s 'Final Solution'. Rosenbaum selflessly gave every effort to save his people, thus earning every right to be called a hero. After the war, many individuals he personally rescued, would talk to him about this brave, Jewish hero who they owed their life to. And in perfect balance with his character, he never took credit.
The film was expected to be released during 2013 but all trailers have been taken off line due to reshoots (no reasons given), and the release date is now said to be set for some time in 2014.
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