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Six Million and One


General Information

Israel 2011, Documentary 93 min

Director: David Fisher

Producers: David Fisher and Irit Shimrat

Produced with the help of: The New Foundation for Cinema and Television Israel, YES Docu Israel, ZDF/Arte, The Future Fund, Austria, The Cultural Office of Upper Austria, the Nationalfonds Austria and The Claims Conference.

Worldsales: Cinephil

Go2Films reprsent the film for Festivals and Edcucational screenings, exclulding North America

Synopsis

"A unique family, atmosphere and location, in a very unique film."
(Yehuda Stav, Yedioth Aharonot)

"An extraordinary journey "
(Melanie Goodfellow, IDFA daily)

 

"A heartbreaking and wryly humane film"

(David D'Arcy on Film, Art Info blog, New-York)

 

 

Joseph Fisher's memoir was discovered only after his death. His children refused to confront it, except for David, the filmmaker, for whom it became a compass for a long journey. When he found it unbearable to be alone in the wake of his father's survival story and his struggle not to lose his sanity, David convinced his brothers and sister to join him in the hope that this would also contribute to releasing tensions and making them as close as they used to be. They, for their part, couldn't understand why anyone should want to dig into the past instead of enjoying life in the present. In the dark depths of the tunnels, part of an Austrian forced labor camp, where their father had slaved during the Holocaust, illuminated only by flashlights, the Fishers seek meaning in their personal and family histories.

Awards & Festivals

 

Awards:

Best Documentary, DocFest Munich

SILVER HORN for the Director of the Best Feature-Length Documentary - Krakow International Film Festival

Festivals:

The film is being theaterically released in Israel through the Lev Cinema chain

The film opens at Lincoln Plaza Cinema on September 28-October 4, 2012

IDFA Feature-length Competition 2011 and top 10 in the Audience Choices
Haifa International Film Festival 2011
Crossing Europe Film Festival- Opening film, Austria 2012
Dokfest Munich 2012
Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2012
DOXA Vancouver 2012
Krakow International Film Festival 2012
Zagreb Jewish Film Festival 2012
Seattle International Film Festival 2012
Berlin Jewish Film Festival 2012
San Francisco Film Festival 2012
Minsk International Film Festival 2012

 

Credits

Directors: David Fisher
Producer: David Fisher and Irit Shimrat

Produced with the help of: The New Foundation for Cinema and Television Israel, YES Docu Israel, ZDF/Arte, The Future Fund, Austria, The Cultural Office of Upper Austria, the Nationalfonds Austria and The Claims Conference.

Screenplay: David Fisher

Cinematographer: Ronen Mayo, Claudio Steinberg, Ronen Schechner

Editor: Hadas Ayalon

Music: Ran Bagno

Sound designer: Gil Toren

Sound recording: Amos Zipori, Frank Kubitsky

Research: Irit Shimrat

Original Language: Hebrew, English and German

Subtitles: English

Quotes

 "A heartbreaking and wryly humane film… Fisher's documentary, as indicated by its title, is a new twist on the over-worn truism that the devil is in the details.The film is a journey, like many others. But there’s an original and a subtle assessment of memory in Six Million and One. There’s one unforgettable shot in which a view of the concentration camp dissolves slowly into a row of neatly-kept houses in the same location. It takes you from the apocalyptic to the eerily ordinary... The Fishers joke, kibitz and quarrel... We’re reminded that history and memory require an active discussion among the later generations... A film, which seems destined for an extended life."
(David D'Arcy on Film, Art Info blog, New-York - November 14 2011)


"In one of the most beautiful scenes in the film, the Fishers are seated inside the tunnel dug by the Jews and created as an underground factory for the Nazis' aircrafts… Why is it important to remember? This is the question that concerns not only David and his brothers, but also all of us. Because of this universal question the film managed to fill the movie theaters in Amsterdam… As psychoanalyst Paul Endo recently said... in a phrase that is for us all: 'Instead of being haunted by the trauma, it is necessary to pursue the trauma.' …Six Million and One" is a beautiful scar."

(Eliane Brum, Revista Epoca, BRAZIL - November 21, 2011)

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