The moving story of Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of Jewish children during World War II.
It’s a story in history that few people know about. And cinema could well help put Nicholas Winton into posterity, as it did for Oskar Schindler. The film One Life will tell the story of how a young British man saved hundreds of Jewish children during World War II. Johnny Flynn will play Winton during the conflict while Anthony Hopkins will be his older version, in 1988, when a BBC program pays tribute to him, allowing him to meet some of the children he saved at the time. Footage of the real show can be seen on YouTube and has gone viral (41 million views to date).
“Nicky Winton, a young London broker, saved 669 children from the Nazis in the months leading up to World War II. Nicky traveled to Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and in Austria, living in desperate conditions, with little or no shelter and food, and under the threat of imminent invasion. He immediately realized that this was a race against time. how many children would he and his team be able to save before the borders closed?” announces the synopsis. “Fifty years later, in 1988, Nicky lives haunted by the fate of the children he was unable to bring to safety in England; always blaming himself for not having done more. It wasn’t until a BBC TV show surprised him – introducing him to these now adult child survivors – that he finally began to accept that guilt and grief he had carried for five decades.”
One Life is directed by James Hawkes from a screenplay written by Lucinda Coxon and Nick Drake. Helena Bonham Carter, Lena Olin and Jonathan Pryce complete the cast. The film will debut this Saturday, September 9 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Theatrical release on January 1, 2024 across the Channel.