Eline Powell‘s first starring role was in ANITA B., a film set in Eastern Europe just after the end of World War II, and based on the semi-autobiographical novel “Quanta stella c’è nel cielo” (How Many Stars In The Sky) by Auschwitz survivor Edith Bruck. ANITA B. deals with a part of history that has seems to have been largely neglected (at least in films), the repatriation of concentration camp survivors. In the opening scene we see Anita being handed into the custody of her uncle’s brother Eli on a snowy day in May.
Eli takes Anita home to his brother’s house in the village of Zvikov, but whenever she tries to talk about what happened to her, she is told (especially by her Aunt Monika) to forget all that and move on, so she spends a lot of time talking to her nephew, who is too young to understand a word she says.
The film begins with a quote from Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story “Gimple the Fool“: “Whatever doesn’t really happen is dreamed at night. It happens to one if it doesn’t happen to another, tomorrow if not today, or a century hence if not next year.” Continue reading →