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Alex (the main character) is an 11-year-old Jewish boy living in a Ghetto in German-occupied Poland during World War II with his father and their friend, Boruch. German soldiers come into the Ghetto and send people onto trains to be taken away (most likely to concentration camps). Alex and his father get separated, and soon Alex has to learn how to kill time in the empty ghetto by himself. As it turns out the ghetto is not entirely empty, and that is where he comes across various people, from neighbors to robbers, some of whom even try to help him. He finds himself in an abandoned, bombed out building on Bird Street (Ptasia street) where he seeks refuge. The only thing he has to pass the time away with is his pet mouse Snow, the novel Robinson Crusoe and other books, and a small window overlooking the town. He has to hunt for food on his own and still stay hidden from soldiers. It is a great test for Alex to see if he can make it through tough conditions, and also wait for the arrival of his father.

Original Title Øen I Fuglegaden
Italian Title L'isola in via degli Uccelli
Category Official Competition
Section Competition
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 107'
Production Year 1997
Nationality Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom
Directed by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Screenplay Tony Grisoni, John Goldsmith
Main cast Patrick Bergin, Jordan Kiziuk, Jack Warden, James Bolam

 regista Søren Kragh JacobsenSØREN KRAGH-JACOBSEN

Søren Kragh-Jacobsen was born on 2 March 1947 in Copenhagen, Denmark and is one of the country's most respected directors and co-inventor of the "dogme95" project. After becoming a popular musician, he attended film school in Prague and returned to his home country where he made his first feature film Vil du se min smukke navle? (1978).