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The location for the screening could hardly have been better. Just opposite the cinema was the then home of Krystyna Chiger, the main protagonist of “The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust’s Shadow,” on which the movie was based. Walking through the cobbled streets of Lviv after the screening, it was impossible not to picture a group of Jews hiding beneath.

Unfortunately, it seems unlikely Ukraine-based viewers will be able to watch the film in cinemas, as distributors accord little importance to European productions, said Liudmyla Gordeladze, director of independent Kyiv cinema Zhovten. The internationally acclaimed film and Oscar nominee is thus available for purchase on Blu-Ray at or for download via iTunes.

The condition proved to be immensely fortunate, as the deft symphony of tongues of wartime Lviv is the single greatest aspect of the film. Not only do the characters speak a variety of languages, they also constantly move between tones, lexicons and dialects depending on their situation, reflecting subtle changes to status or power relations.

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