Boat Is Full, The (1981): Swiss Oscar Entry


Markus Imhoof’s “The Boat Is Full,“ the Swiss entry for the Oscar is a WWII tale about a group of Jews who escape the Nazis into Switzerland but then are sent back by some Swiss villagers.
The film offers the context in which this tragic saga took place, including the values, motives, stereotypes and prejudices that prevailed in the Swiss village, serving as a microcosm for other, broader communities.
Oscar Nominations: 1
Best Foreign Language Film
Oscar Awards: None
Oscar Context
The winner was another WWII tale, “Mephisto,” from Hungary, in a category that included Poland’s “Man of Iron,” Japan’s “Muddy River,” and Italy’s “Three Brothers.”