The pic, a riveting exposé of a long lost, never completed Nazi propaganda film will open in August
New York, NY (April 8, 2010) – Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American distribution rights to Yael Hersonski’s harrowing documentary A FILM UNFINSIHED. The doc, which premiered at Sundance this year and won the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award, also played at Berlinale 2010 in the Panorama section. Oscilloscope will open the film August 18 at Film Forum and August 20 at Lincoln Plaza in New York City, with a national release to follow.
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply “Ghetto,” this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. A FILM UNFINISHED presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing “the good life” enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, probing deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.
A FILM UNFINISHED is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.
Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope Laboratories, said, “This movie really affected me. It’s an incredibly powerful film, not just because of the rare Nazi propaganda footage it shows, but also the captivating way the filmmakers tell the story.”