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The Flat

The Flat

The flat, on the third floor of a Bauhaus building in Tel Aviv, was where my grandparents lived since they immigrated to Palestine. Were it not for the view from the windows, one might have thought that the flat was in Berlin. There it was, furnished with heavy European pieces, with the best of German literature, and laden with layers of dust and history. And then, at age 98, my grandmother died and we were called to the flat to empty what was left. Objects, pictures, letters, and documents awaited us, revealing the complex lives of my grandparents Gerda and Kurt Tuchler, as well as traces of a troubled and painful past. Suddenly, I found myself going through every drawer, trying to make sense of the hints left behind.

What is the importance of knowing one’s family history? Is it just a heavy and unnecessary burden? In my family’s case, this question never came up. To be honest, we never discussed anything about the past. That is, until we opened the closets…. The film develops into a riveting adventure, involving unexpected national interests, a friendship that crosses enemy lines, deeply repressed family emotions, and even reveals some secrets that should have probably remained untold.

Festivals and Awards:

A full list of festivals and awards on Ruth Diskin Ltd. The Golden Phoenix Award, The Jewish Mostifs Film Festival, Poland, 2013; Nominated for Best Documentary Award, LOLA German Filmprize Awards, 2013; The Gilde-Filmpreis - The German Art cinemas Guild Award for Best documentary in German cinemasm, 2012; The Israeli Academy Award ("Ofir") for Best Documentary, 2011; The Jerusalem Film Festival Award for Best Documentary Director, 2011

Director: Arnon Goldfinger

Producer: Arnon Goldfinger, Thomas Kufus

Production Company: Arnon Goldfinger, Tel Aviv

Cinematographer: Philippe Bellaiche, Talia (Tulik) Galon

Editor: Tali Halter Shenkar

Soundtrack Editor: Erez Eini Shavit

Original Soundtrack: Yoni Rechter

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Noga Communications/Channel 8, FilmForderAnstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Deutscher FilmForderFond With ARTE, ZDF, SWR

Script: Arnon Goldfinger

Co-Production: Zero One Film

Distributor: Ruth Diskin Ltd.

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: הדירה

The flat, on the third floor of a Bauhaus building in Tel Aviv, was where my grandparents lived since they immigrated to Palestine. Were it not for the view from the windows, one might have thought that the flat was in Berlin. There it was, furnished with heavy European pieces, with the best of German literature, and laden with layers of dust and history. And then, at age 98, my grandmother died and we were called to the flat to empty what was left. Objects, pictures, letters, and documents awaited us, revealing the complex lives of my grandparents Gerda and Kurt Tuchler, as well as traces of a troubled and painful past. Suddenly, I found myself going through every drawer, trying to make sense of the hints left behind.

What is the importance of knowing one’s family history? Is it just a heavy and unnecessary burden? In my family’s case, this question never came up. To be honest, we never discussed anything about the past. That is, until we opened the closets…. The film develops into a riveting adventure, involving unexpected national interests, a friendship that crosses enemy lines, deeply repressed family emotions, and even reveals some secrets that should have probably remained untold.

Festivals and Awards:

A full list of festivals and awards on Ruth Diskin Ltd. The Golden Phoenix Award, The Jewish Mostifs Film Festival, Poland, 2013; Nominated for Best Documentary Award, LOLA German Filmprize Awards, 2013; The Gilde-Filmpreis - The German Art cinemas Guild Award for Best documentary in German cinemasm, 2012; The Israeli Academy Award ("Ofir") for Best Documentary, 2011; The Jerusalem Film Festival Award for Best Documentary Director, 2011

Director: Arnon Goldfinger

Producer: Arnon Goldfinger, Thomas Kufus

Production Company: Arnon Goldfinger, Tel Aviv

Cinematographer: Philippe Bellaiche, Talia (Tulik) Galon

Editor: Tali Halter Shenkar

Soundtrack Editor: Erez Eini Shavit

Original Soundtrack: Yoni Rechter

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Noga Communications/Channel 8, FilmForderAnstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Deutscher FilmForderFond With ARTE, ZDF, SWR

Script: Arnon Goldfinger

Co-Production: Zero One Film

Distributor: Ruth Diskin Ltd.

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: הדירה

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