GenreDrama, Crime, War Music directorJan A. P. Kaczmarek WriterYurek Bogayevicz LanguageEnglish
Release dateOctober 12, 2001 (2001-10-12) CastHaley Joel Osment (Romek), Willem Dafoe (Priest), Richard Banel (Vladek), Liam Hess (Tolo), Olaf Lubaszenko (Gniecio), Wojciech Smolarz (Pyra) Similar moviesThe Pianist (2002)
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A Jewish boy (Haley Joel Osment) finds shelter with a priest (Willem Dafoe) and a family of peasants after the Nazis invade Poland.
Edges of the Lord is an award-winning 2001 film, written and directed by Yurek Bogayevicz, set in Poland during World War II, starring Willem Dafoe and Haley Joel Osment.
A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.
The film depicts a Jewish boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is hidden from the occupying Germans by posing as the Catholic nephew of a local farmer (Olaf Lubaszenko), with the aid of a compassionate priest (Willem Dafoe).
The film was not widely reviewed, and the published reviews were mixed. Haley Joel Osment was described by one reviewer as having an "unusual emotional depth" in the film, where he "emotionally centers the film, with a balanced, thoughtful portrait". This reviewer also correctly predicted that because the film was shot in English, with many of the actors speaking with Polish accents, it would quickly go to video and TV. David Nusair described the film as "a fairly decent set-up thats entirely squandered by Bogayevicz, with the filmmakers apparent inability to develop these characters beyond their most superficial attributes surely playing a key role in the movies ultimate (and colossal) downfall." Reviewer John J. Puccio described the film as "a movie that starts grimly, lightens up slightly, and then gets very gloomy, indeed."
The film won the award for Best Screenplay (by Yurek Bogayevicz, who also directed the film) at the 2001 Polish Film Festival. The film was also nominated for six awards at the 2002 Polish Film Awards: Best Film, Best Supporting Actress (Olga Frycz), Best Director (Yurek Bogayevicz), Best Screenplay (Yurek Bogayevicz), Best Cinematography (Pawel Edelman) and Best Costume Design (Jagna Janicka)
The film was first released in theatres in 2001, in Poland. In 2002, it had theatrical releases in Spain, the Czech Republic, Japan, Italy, Portugal and Hong Kong. In the Czech Republic, it was shown at the Febio Film Festival. Other theatrical releases included Kazakhstan, in 2007 and Belgium, in 2008, among other countries. The film had direct-to-DVD releases in Sweden (2002) and the United States (2005). The 2005 release of the film in the United States, by its distributor, Miramax/Buuna Vista, was subject to cricicism for delay.
The Pianist (2002). Olaf Lubaszenko appears in Edges of the Lord and Schindlers List. Willem Dafoe appears in Edges of the Lord and Triumph of the Spirit. In Darkness (2011). Defiance (2008).