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THE GREY ZONE
USA: Lions Gate Entertainment
Cast: David Arquette, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, Natasha Lyonne, Daniel Benzali, David Chandler, Allan Corduner, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lisa Benavides, Brian F O'Byrne, Henry Stram, Lee Wilkof, Jessica Hecht, Kamelia Grigorova
Director: Tim Blake Nelson
USA Rated: R for strong holocaust violence, nudity and language
USA Release Date: 18 October 2002 (Limited Release)
Based on actual events, THE GREY ZONE is the story of the Auschwitz's twelfth Sonderkommando - one of the thirteen consecutive 'Special Squads' of Jewish prisoners placed by the Nazis in the excruciating moral dilemma of helping to exterminate fellow Jews in exchange for a few more months of life.
As written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson, and performed by an ensemble cast including Steve Buscemi, Davis Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino and Natasha Lyonne, this film chronicles the Sonderkommando's struggle to organize the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz.
As the rebellion is about to commence, a group from the unit discovers a fourteen-year-old girl who has miraculously survived a gassing. A catalyst for their desperate attempt at personal redemption, the men become obsessed with saving this one child even as doing so endangers the uprising, which could save thousands. From inside the working organs of the infamous Auschwitz death camp, this film asks to what terrible lengths we are willing to go to save our own lives, and what in turn we would sacrifice to save the lives of others.