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'Somersault' Director Shortland Returns with Toronto-Bound WWII Coming-of-Age Drama 'Lore' [Trailer]

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 26, 2012 at 2:22PM

'Somersault' Director Shortland Returns with Toronto-Bound WWII Coming-of-Age Drama 'Lore' [Trailer]

Australian director Cate Shortland's follow up to her deliriously good debut, "Somersault" (2004; trailer below), has been a long time coming. "Lore," which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in June, is now heading to Toronto. "Somersault" launched the careers of Abbie Cornish ("Bright Star," "Limitless") and Sam Worthington ("Avatar," "Terminator Salvation"), and German-language WWII coming-of-age drama "Lore" is poised to do the same for newcomer Saskia Rosendahl.

You can watch the trailer below. Cinematographer Adam Arkapaw's work (which also includes Australia's "The Snowtown Murders," "Animal Kingdom" and "The Hunter") makes "Lore" look like a hybrid of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" and Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights," with its sensual and naturalistic fascination. Music Box Films will release the film stateside.

Lore poster


After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos, she encounters mysterious Jewish refugee Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire. To live, she must trust someone she was taught to hate and face the darkness within herself. Starring Saskia Rosendahl and Kai Malina.

From THR's review:

"German-language Lore, unspooling a lyrical, deeply affecting study into a rarely seen legacy of the Holocaust,..In Somersault, Shortland’s dreamy stylings created a modest film that lingered. Lore shares that film’s ethereal palette and an arty fixation on the minutiae of nature, but the moral landmines are weightier. Told through the eyes of a teenage girl, this superbly shot German-British-Australian co-production rather controversially offers up as victims, not those subjected to barbarous anti-Semitic crimes, but the bewildered German civilians struggling in the wake of WWII to comprehend what just happened,..a preternaturally mature performance by newcomer Saskia Rosendahl,..Shot entirely in Europe,..this measured, subtly complex film keeps a respectful distance from well-documented WWII atrocities to allow for an ambiguous reading of evil."


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.