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1990-1999

Zug des lebens(Train of Life) (France / Belgium / Netherlands / Israel / Romania, 1998)

Directed by Radu Mihaileanu. Cast: Lionel Abelanski, Rufus, Clement Harari, Michel Muller, Agathe de la Fontaine, Johan Leysen, Bruno Abraham-Kremer. Set in Central Europe during WWII. The village fool of a small Jewish community warns the townsfolk that the Nazis are coming, and advises them to build a fake deportation train to cross the Russian border and get to Palestine. Some Jews are dressed up with German uniforms, and soon they start getting strange ideas about how it feels to be a Nazi; others are infected with the fast-spreading germ of communism.

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