FAREWELL HERR SCHWARTZ

DOCUMENTARY | ISRAEL - GERMANY | 2013 | 96 MINUTES

A film by Yael Reuveny

World Premiere

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Michla and Feiv’ke Schwarz, sister and brother, could have re-met in Lodz in 1945. But they didn’t. She migrated to a Jewish state in the Middle East and founded a family there, while he returned to Germany, changed his name to Peter, married a German woman and lived the rest of his life in the camp where he was once a prisoner.

Two families, in Germany and Israel, not knowing about each other for years, are strangely mirrored. Farewell Herr Schwarz constructs and de-constructs a family myth and suggests a new explanation to our unexplained urge to cling onto stories.

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Commissioned by

Production Companies Black Sheep Film Productions, 
Made in Germany Filmproduktion GmbH
Producers 
Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari, Melanie Andernach

Line Producer Eva Laass, Alona Refua
Cinematographer Andreas Kohler
Editor Assaf Lapid, Nicole Kortluke
Sound Recordist Yishai Ilan
Sound Designer Shahaf Wagshall

Music Volker "Hauschka" Bertelmann

Festivals & Awards

Winner Best Documentary Film – Haifa IFF 2013 (Israel)
Winner DEFA Award – DoK Leipzig FF 2013 (Germany)
Winner DIALOUGE Award – Cottbus FF 2013 (Germany)
Winner Best Film – Schleswig Holstein FF 2014 (Germany)
Winner Outstanding Storytelling Award – First Film Fest 2014
Winner Audience Award- Women FF Cologne 2014 (Germany)
Winner Best German Film – Berlin Jewish FF 2014 (Germany)
Winner Promising Director Award – Toronto JFF 2014 (Canada)
Winner Best Debut Film, Israeli Filmmaker forum competition 2014 (Israel)