Staying true to a classic

Zita Gaier plays Christine in Fly Away Home, set in Vienna in the aftermath of World War II.
Zita Gaier plays Christine in Fly Away Home, set in Vienna in the aftermath of World War II.PHOTO: EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL

Fly Away Home director Mirjam Unger wanted to be faithful to the book the film is based on, which is an account of the author's life in post-war Austria

The film Fly Away Home is seen through the eyes of a precocious nine-year-old girl, but a few of its ideas are anything but childish.

Set in Vienna, Austria, in the aftermath of World War II, the movie tackles what it is like to flee a war zone and the sexual bartering and bullying that happen in a manor home after Soviet troops are billeted there, sharing it with locals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2018, with the headline 'Staying true to a classic'. Print Edition | Subscribe