EFP Cannes
22 September 2017

Wolf

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Wolf

original title:

WOLF

directed by:

cast:

Wolf Murmelstein, David Meghnagi, Anna Murmelstein, Riccardo Di Segni, Marketa Pacovska, Toman Brod

screenplay:

Claudio Giovannesi, David Meghnagi

cinematography:

production:

Vivo film, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Produkce Radim Prochàzka

country:

Italy/Czech Republic

year:

2013

film run:

58'

format:

DCP - colour

status:

Ready (05/11/2013)

festival & awards:

Rabbi Benjamin Murmelstein (1905-1989) was head of the Jewish Council of the artificial ghetto of Terezín (Theresienstadt in German). The Nazis made him representative of the community destined for extermination. Victim of a tragic contradiction, after the Liberation he was tried and absolved from the accusation of collaborating with the Nazis; he moved to Rome, where he was ostracized by the Jewish community until he died. His son Wolf devoted his life to redeem his image, trying to paint a more complex picture of the role his father played in Terezín. The film reconstructs through the conversation between Wolf and the psychoanalyst David Meghnagi a son’s relationship with the memory of his father, between the acceptance, the denial, and the thematization of a common and familiar tragedy.

DIRECTOR'S NOTES
“I tried to ask myself questions beyond Judaism and the Shoah, trying to let the film itself ask the questions: is it possible to live beyond one’s past? Can a human being survive the memory and the faults of his father? How does History act and transform individual lives? Where does the past end and where does the present begin?”