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Twelve year old violin player Mitka is supposed to execute an attack on several SS officers in the name of a ukrainian partisan movement. But this attempt will also put his only friend in life danger.


Ukraine during the German occupation in 1943. 12-year-old orphan Mitka earns a living in a tavern under a false name by playing music every night for the mainly German guests. He is accompanied in his playing on the violin by the pianist Yegor. Even beyond the music, he tries to be a friend and mentor to the boy. Mitka, however, finds it difficult to accept the budding friendship. This is because none of the people involved has any idea that Mitka belongs to a Jewish partisan movement.

  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    34 minutes
  • Language
    German, Russian, Ukrainian, Yiddish w/subtitles
  • Country
    Germany
  • Premiere
    Palm Beach County
  • Director
    Andreas Kessler
  • Screenwriter
    Fabien Virayie
  • Producer
    Max Breuer, Janick Gootz
  • Cast
    Anton Krymskiy, Peter Miklusz, Rostyslav Bome
  • Cinematographer
    Leonard Frederic Caspari
  • Editor
    Christoph Hans