Minerva Pictures International


Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo

Nominated as Best Foreign Film at the 1961 Academy Awards, this black and white movie dares us not to forget the horror of the Holocaust.

Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo directs this audacious World War II drama about a young Jewish woman (Susan Strasberg) in a Nazi concentration camp who attempts to save herself from death by assuming another’s identity and becoming a ruthless warden.

Festivals & Awards

Academy Awards, USA 1961 - Nominee: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Film Italy

Avellino Neorealism Film Festival 1961 - Winner: Laceno d'Oro - Best Film: Gillo Pontecorvo

Golden Globes, Italy 1961 - Nominee: Golden Globe - Best Film - Gillo Pontecorvo

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists 1961
Winner: Silver Ribbon - Best Supporting Actress - Didi Perego

Nominee: Silver Ribbon Best Score (Migliore Musica) - Carlo Rustichelli

Mar del Plata Film Festival 1961
Winner: Best Actress - Susan Strasberg

Nominee: Best Film International Competition - Gillo Pontecorvo

Original Title

  • A KAPO'
  • Yugoslavia, France, Italy
  • 1960
  • 100 min.
  • Italian


  • Susan Strasberg
  • Laurent Terzieff


  • Drama


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