Across the Waters

By Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester (other events)

Thursday, July 13 2017 8:30 PM 10:15 PM

Enjoying the nightlife of 1943 Copenhagen, jazz guitarist Arne Itkin is seemingly immune to the hardships of war, as the Danish government opts for a compliant relationship with Nazi Germany. He is initially skeptical when his terrified wife Miriam hears rumors of a “round-up” of Danish Jews. An overnight raid, however, forces the couple to flee their home with their five-year-old son Jakob. Aided by a church pastor and underground resistance, they set out on a journey for the fishing village of Gilleleje, where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. The family puts its fate in the hands of strangers whose allegiance and motives are not always clear. Based on true events, this cinematic jewel and powerful story is directed and co-written by Nicolo Donato, whose grandfather was among the courageous Danish fisherman to ferry war refugees to safety.