|Cast||Arnost Lustig Jan Wiener|
|Awards||2000 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival|
|Plot||A psychological adventure unfolds as two friends take a risky road trip into the past. Together they revisit scenes of romance and humor, of narrow escapes and life-or-death confrontations. But their journey home becomes a contentious clash of personalities that will ultimately take their friendship to the brink of collapse.... see Fighter on IMDb|
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|Fighter follows two men, Jan Weiner and Arnost Lustig, on a road trip into the past. Both men are survivors of Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia who now live in the US and are respected university professors. At the invitation of filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev they return to Europe with him. What Bar-Lev first envisions as a historical documentary soon becomes the personal story of the battle between two very different men--one the bitter, angry fighter, the other, the wise and cynical philosopher-- who have very different ways of dealing with memories of the Holocaust. |
As they retrace the steps of Weiner's escape from the Nazis, they regale one another with thrilling exploits, revisiting scenes of romance, humor, of narrow escapes and life-or-death confrontations. But their journey soon becomes a contentious clash of personalities, and ultimately takes their friendship to the brink of collapse. Bar-Lev balances both personalities and interweaves their stories with footage from the Nazi and Communist occupations, allowing all the heartbreak, humor, and the larger questions that the film raises, to unfold naturally.
Fighter has been hailed by critics nationwide and has won numerous awards at major film festivals around the world, including the Galway Film Festival (Best Documentary); Hamptons Film Festival (Audience Award); Karlovy Vary (Special Jury Citation); and Newport (Best Documentary).
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