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Directed by Arnon Goldfinger
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 97 Minutes North American Premiere
At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a dense mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger documents himself undertaking the arduous process of making sense of a lifetime's accumulation of possessions. In the process, he begins to uncover clues that seem to point to a greater mystery, and soon a complicated and shocking family history unfolds before his camera.

What starts to take shape is the troubled and taboo history of Goldfinger's grandparents' lives in Germany in the tumultuous and difficult years before World War II, and the unexpected yet inevitable ethical ambiguities and repressed emotions that arise when everyday friendships suddenly cross enemy lines. In this emotionally riveting documentary, Goldfinger follows the hints his grandparents left behind to investigate long-buried family secrets and unravel the mystery of their painful past.
Documentary, Relationships
About the Director(s)
Arnon Goldfinger is the winner of two Israeli Academy Awards. He has been working as a director, scriptwriter, and producer since 1992. His previous documentary feature The Komediant won numerous awards and was released theatrically in Israel and the United States in 2002.
Special Note

2012 Best Editing in a Documentary Feature Award Winner. Click here for additional screenings.


Co-hosted by Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York. Additional support from the Israel Film Center.


Consulate General of Israel in New York  Israel Film Center

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Competition
  • Year:
  • Length:
    97 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Hebrew, German
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  • Premiere:
    North American
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Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Arnon Goldfinger
  • Screenwriter:
    Arnon Goldfinger
  • Producer:
    Thomas Kufus, Zero One Film
  • Editor:
    Tali Halter Shenkar
  • Associate Producer:
    Arnon Goldfinger
  • Director of Photography:
    Philippe Bellaiche, Talia Galon
  • Executive Producer:
    Zero One Film
  • Composer:
    Yoni Rechter
  • Research:
    Mareike Leuchte, Franziska Linder, Arnon Goldfinger
  • Sound:
    Amos Zippori



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