Lore (2012)

1945, her Nazi parents imprisoned by the Allies, 15 year old Lore must lead her young siblings the length of war-torn Germany. To be safe, the children must reach their Grandmother’s house in the North but amidst the chaos of a defeated nation, Lore encounters the mysterious and intriguing Thomas, a young Jewish refugee. As a terrible truth emerges, can Lore learn to trust the enemy?


Australian official selection for the Oscars, Best International Feature (2013). Winner of AACTA (Best Young Actor), German Film Award (Bronze Lola), Locarno IFF (Audience Award), Stockholm FF (Best Film).



  • Written by

    Robin Mukherjee

    Cate Shortland

  • Directed by

    Cate Shortland

  • Produced by

    Paul Welsh

    Liz Watts

    Karsten Stoter

    Benny Dreschel

  • Co-producers

    Edge City Films (Glasgow)

    Porchlight Films (Sydney)

    Rohfilm (Berlin)

  • Financed by

    Creative Scotland

    Screen Australia

    Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung



    Deutscher Filmforderfonds

    Filmforderung Hamburg Schleswig Holstein

    Medien-Und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Wurttemberg

    Screen NSW

  • Awards & Wins

    Locarno Piazza Grande Audience Award

    Hamburg Critics Prize

    Hamptons Best Film

    Stockholm Best Film

    8 AACTA Nominations (Jan 2013)

  • Based on Rachel Seiffert's Booker shortlisted novel "The Dark Room" (Vintage)


    "The Australian director Cate Shortland has made a quite stunning film about the collapse of Nazi Germany, seen not from a Berlin bunker but through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl." Anthony Quinn, The Independent


    "Offers a fresh, intimate and mostly successful perspective on Germany's traumatic transition from conqueror nation to occupied state." Richard Kuipers, Variety