The 2013 Bel-Air Film Festival, to be held October 7-13 in the Los Angeles area, will present the World Premiere of 23-year-old British writer-director Nicholas Tolkien's Terezin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in Westwood. (Photo: Terezin.)
According to the Terezin press release, the film chronicles the travails of two Jewish sisters who are deported to the World War II concentration camp of Terezin, northwest of Prague. After losing their parents, they eventually manage to escape with the help of "a German man with Jewish sympathies." Some serious problems arise when "a psychotic Nazi" starts looking for the two fugitives.
Terezin was co-written by Nicholas Tolkien, Anna Tolkien, Frances Rozhko, and Robert D. Steffen — the last three also have roles in the film. Other Terezin cast members include Cody Wood, Kristine Blackburn, David Brainard, and Nick Marinoff.
Nicholas Tolkien: J.R.R. Tolkien's great-grandson
Nicholas Tolkien's previous feature film, the Hollywood-set mockumentary Masquerade, premiered at the 2012 Santa Barbara Film Festival. Terezin's David Brainard, Robert D. Steffen, and Nick Marinoff were also featured in the movie, along with Daniel Steven Lopez as Johnny Depp and Howie Slater as Steven Spielberg.
And in case you're wondering, Tolkien, who is currently living in Southern California, is the great-grandson of the Lord of the Rings trilogy author J.R.R. Tolkien.
J.R.R. Tolkien movies
Speaking of that particular J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, like the book split into three parts, became a trio of major blockbusters at the dawn of the 21st century. Peter Jackson directed Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Ian Holm, Liv Tyler, and Hugo Weaving in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
Following a couple of underwhelming box office and critical performers — King Kong (2005) and The Lovely Bones (2009) — Jackson returned to Tolkien territory with his The Hobbit trilogy (based on one Tolkien book): The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
For more information about the 2013 Bel-Air Film Festival, visit www.belairfilmfestival.com.
Terezin photo: Courtesy of the Bel-Air Film Festival.