Kisses to the Children

Vassilis Loules, Greece, 2011, color / black and white, video, 125'
Synopsis

Five Greek-Jewish children who were saved by Christian families during the German Occupation, five "Hidden Children" who lived in total silence, tell their stories. Stories of terror, anguish and confusion but also stories of salvation and carefree childhood into the arms of strangers. Secret Gardens of Eden, nests of love away from the horror of the Holocaust. Five children were forced to mature abruptly.
Rosina, Iossif, Eftyhia, Shelly and Marios grew old, carrying the memory of those children who were never given time to grow up.
The movie focuses on these persons, revealing secret aspects of their lives and invaluable personal documents. It also depicts the life of the Greek Jewish Communities before the War, complemented with rare images of Occupied Greece from archival material, as well as amateur films by German soldiers and illegal footage shot by Greek patriots.
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Available versions: color / black and white, video, 125'
Spoken languages: Greek
Subtitling: English
Sales remarks: For the moment, only Greece is not available anymore.

Besides the theatrical version (125 mins), the film is going to be also available in two extra versions (with new Sound Mix, new Color Correction and revised English Subtitles) : 3x45' TV series (with extra materials), and 2x52' TV series (cut version).
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Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece (March 11-20, 2011), where the film was screened with the working title "CHILDREN IN HIDING".
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