Accreditation
 
Anja Salomonowitz
Thursday 13.04.2017

Anja Salomonowitz

Peter Strickland
Wednesday 12.04.2017

Peter Strickland

Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý and Štěpán Hulík
Sunday 26.03.2017

Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý and Štěpán Hulík

Ludovica Ferrario
Friday 10.03.2017

Ludovica Ferrario

Steve Matthews
Sunday 26.02.2017

Steve Matthews

 

You will never understand this

How to investigate (family) history?

You will never understand this is the first Salomonowitz´s film which started in the cinemas. The film in which she confronted her own family with their history commanded great attention of the audience as well as film critics. Some of them spoke about the best Austrian film in years.

“Through finding a gently staged room for conversation- the colour white develops into the visual guiding theme of the memory- she makes the actual, unseen and lost protagonist of every "oral history" visible: the grandeur named remembrance. Her form and realisation often reminds of works of Dreyer and Bergmann. It seems to be long ago that cinema dared to ascend the highly disciplined investigation of human existential orientation.”

Daniel Kothenschulte

 

 


Anja Salomonowitz portrays three women in her family who were young girls during the nazi regime. All three have influenced the education of the director. They stood on different sides during the war and have their own interpretation of facts and history which reflect various collective memories. Her great aunt survived Auschwitz. Her nanny was a socialist and supported her uncle in the Resistance. Her grandmother did what the majority of the citizens did about the terror regime of the Nazis: nothing. The movie confronts the story of the family, examining the effects of history and the mechanisms of how it is passed on from one generation to the next. Her film and commentary reflect the filmmaker’s contradiction of standing as much in the genealogy of the collective victims and also of the collective of perpetrators.


“My movie is about three women who belong to what is historically referred to as the generation of perpetrators and victims. With their different stories of life, different narrations and memories they all belong to one family, my family.”
Anja Salomonowitz

 

 

 

Directed by: Anja Salomonowitz
Cinematography: Leena Koppe
Music by: Samir Zeciri
Edited by: Anja Salomonowitz
Sound by: Markus Moll
Austria,
2003,
52 minutes