- Sam Hobkinson
- Belgium, UK
- 89 min
“This stranger-than-fiction detective story is a dizzying puzzle that finds new ways to surprise.”
– Time Out ★★★★
“Much of the lure of “Misha and the Wolves” is that it’s simply a tricky good yarn spun around the unbelievable things that human beings will do. But the movie also … taps into the soul of an era when fake reality is threatening to dislodge actual reality”
Screening at JW3 as part of our UK Jewish Film: Back to the Cinema summer season.
A Holocaust memoir published in the 1990s stunned the world: it told the incredible survival story of Misha Defonseca, a young Belgian-Jewish girl who, following the deportation of her parents, decided to walk to Germany to look for them. With just a few supplies and a compass, she navigated in the frozen woods, helped by a pack of wolves. The book’s huge success prompted not only numerous TV appearances and a film adaptation but also the growing suspicion of an American publisher with whom Defonseca had had a fallout. The tangled web of deception the publisher subsequently exposed brought to light a bizarre hoax – and our full readiness to fall for it. This gripping, thought-provoking documentary, which premiered at Sundance, proves, yet again, that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.