The Quality of Mercy

Andreas Gruber
This film is based on the actual events referred to as the "Mühlviertler Hasenjagd" (Hare-hunt in the Mühlviertel) which occurred in February 1945 around the Mauthausen concentration camp. 500 Soviet officers from death block 20 attempt to escape, but only 150 of them actually succeed. Following the tally-ho of the SS, a barbaric manhunt begins. Only very few fugitives survive. With a lot of good luck, the two young officers Michail and Nikolai reach the Karner family's farm. Frau Karner persuades her husband to hide the two escapees.
Technical Data
Running time: 105
Format: 35 mm
Screen ratio: 1:1.66
Sound: Rüdiger Payrhuber, Thomas Szabolcs, Stanislav Litera
Language spoken: German
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Production year: 1994
Director(s): Andreas Gruber
Writer(s): Andreas Gruber
Cinematographer(s): Hermann Dunzendorfer
Key cast: Elfriede Irrall, Rainer Egger, Oliver Broumis, Merab Ninidze, Kirsten Nehberg, Rüdiger Vogler, Thierry van Werveke
Producer: Andreas Gruber
Producers: Andreas Gruber, Daniel Zuta (D)