Fugitive Pieces (film)

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Fugitive Pieces
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Fugitive Pieces Poster
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Produced by
Written by
Music by Nikos Kypourgos
Cinematography Gregory Middleton
Edited by Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Distributed by
Release date
  • 29 May 2009 (2009-05-29) (UK)
  • 6 November 2007 (2007-11-06) (US)
Running time
104 min.
Budget $CAD9.5 million

Fugitive Pieces is a 2007 Canadian drama film directed by Jeremy Podeswa, who also adapted the film from the award-winning novel of the same name written by Anne Michaels. The film tells the story of Jakob Beer, who is orphaned in Poland during World War II and is saved by a Greek archeologist. The film premièred 6 September 2007 as the opening film of that year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).



Fugitive Pieces was in preproduction for seven years before filming started in various locations of Greece (Hydra, Kefalonia, and Lesvos) and various locations in Ontario, Canada (Hamilton and Toronto) in 2006 at a cost of $CAD9.5 million.[1]

Matthew Davies was the production designer for the film. Peter Emmink was in charge of art direction. The costumes were designed by Anne Dixon. Set decoration was provided by Erica Milo and Nikos Triandafilopoulos. Visual effects were provided by Mr. X Inc. John Rowley was the music supervisor. Diane Pitblado was the dialect coach.[2]


Fugitive Pieces premièred on 6 September 2007 as the opening film of that year's Toronto International Film Festival.[1] It was later shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Warsaw International Film Festival, the Rome Film Festival, the International Thessaloniki Film Festival in Greece (where it was shown under the title Syntrimmia psyhis), the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival.[citation needed]

It opened in limited release in the United States on 2 May 2008, grossed $102,212 in 30 theatres its opening weekend,[3] and earned a total US gross of $634,379.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

As of 17 May 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 68 percent of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 41 reviews — with the consensus that the film is "a moving holocaust tale aided by solid performances. Though the retelling is a bit too subtle, the moving story and solid performances lift Fugitive Pieces beyond standard holocaust tales".[5] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 60 out of 100, based on 19 reviews — indicating mixed or average reviews.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated/Won Award/category Festival/organization Role
2007 Won[7] Best Actor Rome Film Festival Rade Šerbedžija as Athos
2008 Nominated Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Satellite Award Rade Šerbedžija as Athos
2008 Won[8] Best Film Sydney Film Festival
2008 Won Audience Award (Narrative Feature) Sarasota Film Festival
2008 Won Jury Award Newport Beach Film Festival

The film won the jury award of the Newport Beach Film Festival in the categories Best Cinematographer (Gregory Middleton), Best Director and Best Screenplay (Jeremy Podeswa) and Best Film.


  1. ^ a b Vlessing, Etan (2007-05-14). "TIFF rejects glamour with Fugitive Pieces opener". Playback Online. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  2. ^ "Fugitive Pieces (2007) - Full cast and crew". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Fugitive Pieces (2008) - Weekend Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Fugitive Pieces". The Numbers. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  5. ^ "Fugitive Pieces Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Fugitive Pieces (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  7. ^ "Fugitive Pieces (2007) - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  8. ^ "Fugitive Pieces Movie Review". Flicks.co.nz. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 

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