The Maelstrom - A Family Chronicle

The Maelstrom - A Family Chronicle
dir. Péter Forgács/Netherlands/1997/60 min.
Kinoteka, sala 2
“The Maelstrom – a Family Chronicle” is based on a collection of films shot by the Dutch Jewish Peereboom family during the period 1938-1942. They filmed up until the very last moment: the evening before they were transported to a German ‘labour’ camp. World War II and the Holocaust are the subjects of many archive-based documentaries. In these films, footage is very rarely ever used that shows the other side of the official history: amateur films. This is remarkable, because only these films show everyday life, with all its attendant emotions and feelings.
1942. Moving light and darkness. A family at a table. Piles of clothes everywhere in the room. Women repair them. Spirits are low. Everything seems to indicate that a departure is near. Suitcases are standing ready in the background. Only one family member will survive the war.

  • projection time:
    60 min.
  • country/year:
    Netherlands /1997
  • director:
    Péter Forgács
  • production:
    Cesar Messemaker / Lumen Film
  • awards :
    2000 – IFF London: Grand Prize Out Of That Darkness”, 1999 – Jerusalem IFF: The MAYOR'S Jewish Experience Prize

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