Farewell Herr Schwarz

Documentary / Germany-Israel / 2013
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  • Production Companies: Made in Germany, Black Sheep Film Productions
    Producers: Melanie Andernach, Saar Yogev & Naomi Levari
    Director & Writer: Yael Reuveny
    Supported by: DEFA, Filmförderung Hamburg, Rabinovich Foundation,  BKM, NRW, KJDF
    Commissioned by: Channel 8 Israel, WDR
    US Distribution: Kino Lorber
    German Distribution: Film Kino Text
    Israeli Distribution: Black Sheep
    Runing Time: 96′
    Languages: Hebrew, English, German

  • 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.

  • Yael Reuveny

    Director, graduate of Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem. Her Graduation film, Tales of the Defeated (2009), has won many awards, including best short documentary in Jerusalem Film Festival, the DEFA award of Cottbus festival, Germany, Grand Prix in DokumentArt, Germany, and many others. Farewell, Herr Schwartz, is her first feature film.

  • Cinematographer: Andreas Köhler
    Editors: Nicole Kortlüke & Assaf Lapid
    Original music: Hauschka
    Line producer: Knut Losen
    Sound Designer: Emil Klotzsch

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