Titulo:
The Light of Hope
Script:
Margarita Melgar
Director:
Sílvia Quer
Production Company:
DISTINTO FILMS, TVC, RTS, PROD. CIBELES, BOHEMIAN FILMS, RTVE, CANAL SUR
Runtime:
96'
Retransmission:
31/03/2017
Genre:
Historical Drama
The Light of Hope
Plot:

South of France, 1942. After three years giving their dignity back to women interned in the refugee camps and saving their babies’lives,the Elne’s maternity home closure seems imminent. Its director, ELISABETH EIDENBENZ, her colleagues and the group of mothers to whom they have helped will confront the French authorities in order to keep it open.

Synopsis:

Summer, 1942. The Nazis have almost taken full control of Europe. As well as the republican refugees arrived in France after the fall of Barcelona in 1936, thousands of other exiles are flooding into the already crowded camps run by the Vichy government. ELISABETH EIDENBENZ, the director of the Elne maternity home, rescues pregnant women from these refugee camps so they can give birth in proper conditions, and afterwards tries to find them a job and a future. She manages to keep the maternity up and running despite the lack of supplies and the problems caused by the Gendarmerie counting on women like VICTORIA, a Catalan exile who has become her most trusted ally.

When Elisabeth and Victoria discover that the Vichy government wants to close the maternity, they come up with a plan to gather evidence of the inhumane living conditions suffered by the refugees: they want to blackmail the authorities to keep it open. It is then when they realise the true horrors of Nazism: Hitler’s men have begun to deport Jewish and other “undesirable” people on trains, but nobody knows why or where they are going. After this, Elisabeth will do everything in her hands to protect a Jewish mother and her son living at the maternity, but at the same time, she will discover that Victoria belongs to the resistance and that she’s planning an attack. Elisabeth’s pacifist beliefs make her give Victoria an ultimatum: help the victims or make war. Victoria, who believes the only solution to the conflict in Europe is to fight, leaves; the maternity is only a drop of water in the desert. One night, when Elisabeth has almost managed to organise a legal way of leaving the continent for the Jewish mother and her son, the Gestapo breaks into the maternity and takes the mother away. They will soon return for her boy. Powerless, Elisabeth realises she can’t do anything to save him and that maybe Victoria was right. The maternity is not saving lives; it’s only making them last a bit longer.

When Elisabeth has decided to abandon her plans to expose the refugee camps’ harsh living conditions in order to help the kid escape, Victoria will come back to convince her that she must keep the maternity open. Yes, it is true that it won’t be able to stop the war, but its task is one of the upmost importance: it’s giving people hope. And there’s no life without hope. It will be Victoria who will pull out from the intended attack to help the child escape, while Elisabeth manages to get the evidence she needs and obtains the permission from Vichy to keep fighting for the refugee mothers and their babies. To keep fighting for hope.

Cast:

Elisabeth Eidenbenz      Noémie SCHMIDT

Victòria                           Nausicaa BONNÍN

Carmen                          Natalia DE MOLINA

Maya                              Blanca ROMERO

Aurora                            Nora NAVAS

Pat                                 Max SAMPIETRO

Neus                              Abril ÁLVAREZ

David                              Albert FERNÁNDEZ

Commissar                     Pep Anton MUÑOZ

Doctor Hubert                 Pere PONCE

Raquel                            Marie FONTANNAZ

Friedel                            Marie-Christine FRIEDRICH

Sabine                            Stéphanie SCHNEIDER

Ramon                            Isak FÉRRIZ

Agustí                             Ernest VILLEGAS

Mr. Mathieu                    Oriol GENÍS

Mrs. Mathieu                  Teresa URROZ

Eulàlia                             Anna CASAS

Remei                             AnnaARRETA

Maria                              Anna GAGO

Lola                                Juliette M'PINGOU

Roser                             Júlia IBARZ

Guinard                          Jean Claude RICQUEBOURG

Gestapo Officer             Hans RICHTER

Nazi 1                            Ben VINNICOMBE

Nazi 2                            Kornel DORMAN

Latour                            Jaume GARCIA ARIJA

Gendarme Latour          Marc VAN DER PLASSCHE

Raquel's Father             Quim FUSTER

Bertrand                        Gregoire ISVARINE

Crew:
Title The Light of Hope
Original title La llum d'Elna
Screenplay by Margarita MELGAR
Directed by Sílvia QUER

Produced  by

 

 

 

 

 

A DISTINTO FILMS production, in corproduction with
TELEVISIÓ DE CATALUNYA, RADIO TÉLÉVISION SUISSE, 
PRODUCCIONES CIBELES, RADIO TELEVISIÓN ESPAÑOLA, 
BOHEMIAN FILMS and with the participation of CANAL SUR RADIO
Y TELEVISIÓN

With the support of DEPARTAMENT DE CULTURA, CREATIVE 
EUROPE – MEDIA PROGRAMME of the European Union, 
Office fédéral de la culture / MEDIA Desk Suisse, CINÉFOROM 
and la Loterie Romande

Running time 96'
Genre Historical Drama
Shooting date 30-06-2016
Locations Estana, la Gola de Ter, Torroella de Montgrí, Calonge, Valldoreix EMD, Sant Cugat (Catalonia)
Producer Miriam PORTÉ
Coproducers André MARTIN and José FLORES
Executive producer Miriam PORTÉ
Executive producers TVC Susanna JIMÉNEZ and Cruz RODRÍGUEZ
Production manager RTS Françoise MAYOR
Production manager CANAL SUR
Paco GÓMEZ ZAYAS
Executive producer RTVE

Maite LÓPEZ PISONERO

Associate producer Pep AMORES
Associate producers Christian GOCKEL and Peter LOHNER

Production manager Producciones Cibeles

Paco PRIETO MÁRQUEZ

Director of photography Sergi GALLARDO
Production design Irene MONTCADA
Edited by Manuel TERCEÑO
Music by Federico JUSID and Lucio GODOY
Direct sound recording Albert GAY and Jaume MELÉNDEZ
Sound design Enrique G. BERMEJO
Casting director Irene ROQUÉ
Wardrobe design Anna PONS
Hair and make-up Rafael MORA and María LIAÑO
Assistant director Carles VALERO
Story editor Ana SANZ-MAGALLÓN
Production director Goretti PAGÈS

Place and Date of Shooting:
Catalonia, 30-06-2016