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Oskar & Jack

Directed by Frauke Sandig
Produced by Wolfgang Bergmann
Twins Reunited

Overview

Genre
Human Interest, Biography, Society, and History
Synopsis

In late 1979, two gentlemen arrived at the Airport in Minneapolis who bore an amazing resemblance to each other: the same stature, the same faces, the same voices. They even wore similar clothing and nearly identical glasses – and both had mustaches. They had met only once before – in Germany in 1954. As can be imagined, Oskar and Jack are indentical twins. Their German mother and Romanian Jewish father had met on board an emigration ship. They separated shortly after the twins were born in Trinidad in 1933, and the brother’s lives took radically different turns. Their mother took Oskar to his grandmother in the Sudetenland. She raised him in a strict Catholic tradition and the spirit of Nazism. He became an enthusiastic member of the Hitler Youth. Jack stayed in the Caribbean with his father who brought him up as a Jew. At age sixteen, he went to Israel to do his part to build the new Jewish state. On his honeymoon in 1954, he stopped off in Germany to meet his mother and twin brother

Stage
finished
Running time
60 minutes

Credits

  • Frauke Sandig ... Director
  • Nurith Aviv ... Camera
  • Inge Schneider ... Editor
  • Wolfgang Bergmann ... Producer
  • Martin Steyer ... Sound Mix

Production Details

Country
Germany
Years of Production
1996
Locations
Germany, California, Trinidad
Prod. Partners
Lichtfilm, Filmbüro NRW

Distribution Details

Release year
1996
Festivals
San Franciso International Film Festival, Hamptons Int., London Jewish Film Festival, Duiburger Filmwoche, Wellington, San francisco Jewish Film Festival
Awards
Golden Gate Award
Broadcast (Prod.)
WDR / ARTE
Broadcast (Acq.)
KQED
Language
English, German
Subtitles
English, German

Photos

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