Jonah Who Lived in the Whale

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Jonah Who Lived in the Whale
Jonah Who Lived in the Whale.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Roberto Faenza
Written by Roberto Faenza
Jona Obersky
Starring Jean-Hugues Anglade
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography János Kende
Edited by Nino Baragli
Release date
  • 1 April 1993 (1993-04-01)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Italy, France
Language English
Box office $30,000[1]

Jonah Who Lived in the Whale (Italian: Jona che visse nella balena), in the United States released as (Look to the Sky) is a 1993 Italian-French drama film directed by Roberto Faenza, based on the autobiographical novel by the writer Jona Oberski entitled Childhood, focused on the drama of the Holocaust. This movie it was entered into the 18th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Prix of Ecumenical Jury.[2]


Jonah is a four-year-old who lives in Amsterdam during the Second World War, from 1942 to 1945. After the occupation of the city by the Germans, he was deported to the concentration camp together with his entire family. Here Jonah will spend all the war, in a shack with his mother, but separated from his father.

The child suffers cold, hunger, fears, suffering, harassment even by other boys. Very rare cases are treated with grace: only the cook, who later dies, and the doctor of the clinic are kind to him. The fate of Jonah's parents is tragic: his father dies, because he was exhausted because of the too much work he was forced to do in the camp, while his mother dies in the hospital after the end of the war, after going crazy, due to her husband's death.


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  1. ^ JP. "Jona che visse nella balena (1994)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 11 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "18th Moscow International Film Festival (1993)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 

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