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The Boat Is Full

Original title
Das boot ist voll
Year
Running time
101 min.
Country
Switzerland Switzerland
Director
Screenwriter
Markus Imhoof (Book: Alfred A. Haesler)
Cinematography
Hans Liechti
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Switzerland-Germany-Austria
Genre
Drama. War | II World War
Synopsis / Plot
During World War II, Switzerland severely limited refugees: "Our boat is full." A train from Germany halts briefly in an isolated corner of Switzerland. Six people jump off seeking asylum: four Jews, a French child, and a German soldier. They seek temporary refuge with a couple who run a village inn. They pose as a family: the deserter as husband, Judith as his wife, an old man from Vienna as her father, his granddaughter and the French lad, whom they beg to keep silent, as their children. Judith's teenage brother poses as a soldier. The fabrication unravels through chance and the local constable's exact investigation. Whom will the Swiss allow to stay? Who gets deported?
Awards
1981: Nominated for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1981: Berlin: Silver Bear, OCIC, FIPRESCI (Honourabe Mention) and C.I.D.A.L.C. Award
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