Across the Waters

Sunday, May 6, 2:00 pm / $10 @ The Garde Arts Center, New London
Denmark, English subtitles, 90 minutes, 2016 / 

Post Opening Movie Reception Sponsored by IFF Committee


Unsure of whom they can trust, a Jewish musician and his family make a frantic escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark, in ACROSS THE WATERS, a gripping story of survival and rescue.

Enjoying the nightlife of 1943 Copenhagen, jazz guitarist Arne Itkin (David Dencik) is seemingly immune to the hardships of war, as the Danish government opts for a compliant relationship with Nazi Germany. He is initially skeptical when his terrified wife Miriam (Danica Curcic) hears rumors of the round-up and deportation of Danish Jews. An overnight raid however, forces the couple to flee their home with five-year-old son Jakob (Anton Dalgård Guleryüz). Aided by a church pastor and underground resistance, they set out on a journey for the fishing village of Gilleleje, where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. Amidst lurking danger from the Gestapo and their collaborators, the family puts its fate in the hands of strangers whose allegiance and motives are not always clear.

Based on true events, the well paced and strongly edited ACROSS THE WATERS is directed and co-written by Nicolo Donato, whose own grandfather was among the courageous Danish fisherman to ferry war refugees to safety. 


  • Audience Award - Best Feature
  • Donald M Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2018
  • Audience Award - Berkshire Jewish Film Festival 2017

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