A WHITE HORSE FOR BATAVIA
“A White Horse For Batavia” is an international co-production in development.
This is a fictional feature film inspired by the real story of Beno Sternlicht. The film is set at beginning of WWII and follows Beno, as an eleven year old boy and follows his adventures over three years as a child refugee. Themes include displacement, interconnectivity, tolerance and human behavior.
The film opens just before the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland when Beno is eleven and separated from his mother who works at a hospital in Warsaw. During Beno’s voyage home to Nowy-Sacz, the Polish army conscripts his father. We follow Beno in hiding and his search for his father Hugo. A missing person sign on a tree in Romania leads to their reunion. Together, they embark on adventures to Siberia, Turkey, Palestine and eventually India where they settle and build a new life.
Along their voyages, strokes of luck and misfortune test their abilities to survive and question the world around them. As father and son journey from Europe via the Middle East to Asia the transformation of people, cultures and environments create a cinematic tour-de-force.
A White Horse For Batavia asks questions rather than gives answers. It opens up mysteries rather then drawing conclusions or resolutions. The film is told exclusively from the perspective of a boy and how he interprets, observes, and challenges the rapidly changing world all the while learning to find his own place within it.
Eyespot Films is currently seeking producers. Contact us for further information.