Map of the Human Heart(1993)
Vincent Ward's short film In Spring One Plants Alone was a document of time spent living with a remote Maori family, and this - his third feature - was inspired by his time living with Inuit people in Canada. It's set before and during World War II and centers on the life of an Inuit boy, Avik (played as a child by Robert Joamie, and as an adult by Jason Scott Lee). Avik joins the Royal Canadian Air Force and eventually, as a crewmember of a Lancaster bomber, participates in the notorious firebombing of Dresden. Throughout his life, Avik is haunted by love for a half-Métis girl, Albertine (Anne Parillaud).... More
The film's re-creation of the firebombing of Dresden is one of the most graphic and powerful sequences in the film. On the day Ward finished shooting these scenes, he received word that his father, who had actually participated in the historical firebombing of Dresden, had died. Ward dedicate the film to him. The Map of the Human Heart was partially funded by Ward himself, and his earnings from story writing Alien 3.
Washington Post said about the film: "A film of incantatory intensity and moment by a prodigiously gifted young filmmaker."Hide