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Oscar-winning Director Caroline Link

Caroline Link’s films juxtapose despair with hope, and often capture a child’s view of the world with skill and sensitivity. Arts.21 spoke with the director about her latest film: an adaptation of the beloved novel "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.”

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In her acclaimed films, director Caroline Link sets out to tell stories about the very core of society: families and childhood. She worked on her first screenplay for three years, tenaciously searched for financial backers, and ultimately won over audiences and film critics. With its poetic imagery and humorous dialogue, "Beyond Silence” (1996) tells the story of a young girl named Lara’s coming-of-age. Lara interprets the world for her deaf parents via sign language, until she ultimately leaves them to follow her own path as a musician. The film was showered with prizes, and its highpoint was being nominated for the 1997 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Six years and two movies later the director won her first Oscar for "Nowhere in Africa,” a film adaptation of Stefanie Zweig’s autobiographical novel. It portrays the problematic relationships in a German-Jewish family that fled from the Nazis to Kenya. Link wasn’t able to accept the award personally, because she had to stay home in Munich and care for her sick daughter. She’s both a renowned filmmaker and a devoted mother. She achieved her next big success in 2018. Set against the backdrop of the Ruhr Valley in the 1970s, the film "All About Me” is a touching and comical film about the childhood memories of comedian Hape Kerkeling.

Link’s most recent project is a film adaptation of Judith Kerr’s children’s book classic "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.” It’s yet another of her films that tells the story of a family’s perilous escape from Nazi Germany, while insightfully exploring both their fears and their resilience. Arts.21 enters the world of Caroline Link. Meet the artist!