Language: Czech with English subtitles
Director: Alfréd Radok
Genres: Drama, War, Thriller, Jewish Culture
Distributor: Janus Films
One of the first films to confront the horrors of the Holocaust remains one of the most powerful. Suffused with the visceral dread of a waking nightmare, Distant Journey draws from director and Holocaust survivor Alfrd Radok's own experiences to tell the story of a Czechoslovak Jewish familyincluding a young doctor (Blanka Walesk) and her gentile husband (Otomar Kreja)whose lives are torn apart by the terrors of the Nazi occupation, leading them inexorably to a grim fight for survival in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.
"A masterpiece ... like Orson Welles, Radok was a man of the theater and his use of film form has a comparable audacity." -J. Hoberman, Village Voice