An Apartment in Berlin

Young Israelis in Berlin are mostly attracted by its cosmopolitan and international atmosphere, the low cost of living and the good infrastructure, which make life fairly easy. Berlin was also the place from which the Nazis planned the systematic extermination of the Jews. Three generations after the Holocaust, does this fact matter to young Israelis? How does it affect their lives today? Three of them want to find out, what it would do to them to embark on a journey into the past by retracing the life and refurnishing the original apartment of a Jewish family from Berlin once deported by the Nazis.

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  • 01/2015 - "An Apartment in Berlin" on RBB and Spiegel Geschichte

    Our coproduction “An Apartment in Berlin” will be shown on RBB (January 28 at midnight) and on Spiegel Geschichte (January [...]

    Our coproduction "An Apartment in Berlin" will be shown on RBB (January 28 at midnight) and on Spiegel Geschichte (January 27 & 28). Director Alice Agneskirchner and three young Israelis living in Berlin want to find out, what it would do to them to embark on a journey into the past by retracing the life and refurnishing the original apartment of a Jewish family from Berlin once deported by the Nazis. The film premiered in the Zeughauskino Berlin and has been screened on many international festivals.

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  • 03/2015 - AN APARTMENT IN BERLIN goes USA

    “An Apartment in Berlin” (in coproduction with 3sat and RBB) is part of the Competition at Palm Beach International Film [...]

    "An Apartment in Berlin" (in coproduction with 3sat and RBB) is part of the Competition at Palm Beach International Film Festival. The festival takes place from March 26th to April 2nd in Florida. For the past 12 years, the festival has showcased thousands of award-winning films, hosted filmmakers, actors, industry professionals and press from around the globe. On March 10th, the film will also be shown at the Goethe Institut Los Angeles, in co-operation with the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Journal. After the screening, there will be a discussion and Q&A with director Alice Agneskirchner, moderated by Susan Freudenheim, Executive Editor of the Jewish Journal.

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  • 04/2014 - With a treble & a premiere party at DOK.fest

    “Good things come in threes” – We are happy that three of our current productions will be screened at DOK.fest [...]

    "Good things come in threes" - We are happy that three of our current productions will be screened at DOK.fest Munich: "Before The Last Curtain Falls", "Nelson Mandela: The Myth And Me" an "An Apartment in Berlin". The films are about aging drag artists, a critical reflection of Mandelas work and three youn Israelis in Berlin. We are honored that our latest documentary "Before The Last Curtain Falls" will have it's German Premiere at the DOK.fest on 8th May, 8.30 p.m. After watching the film there will be a premiere party at GLAM CLUB, 10 p.m., Theklastraße 1, 86469 Munich. The DOK.fest Munich takes place from 7th-14th May for the 29th time. Last year they had an attendance record with 20.500 people.

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An Apartment in Berlin

Eyal, Yael and Yoav, the main characters of our film, came to Germany for different reasons: Leaving behind the complicated political situation in Israel, fleeing an orthodox family, finding a challenging job. They are part of a wider phenomenon. More and more young Israelis come to Berlin – an estimated 20,000 have moved to Germany’s capital. They are the third generation after the Holocaust. Many of their families have been affected by German nationalism.

More than 100 years ago in 1905, Simon and Rosa Adler came to Berlin from Galicia to fulfil their dream of a free and successful life. Over a period of several months director Alice researched the life of this Jewish egg-trader family in the former NS-files. Prior to their deportation, they were forced to fill out a wealth assessment protocol listing all of their belongings before they were auctioned off to Germans. Eyal, Yael and Yoav attempt to refurnish the original apartment of the Adler family in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg as authentically as possible and thereby retrace the family’s life.

But while they investigate the files and try to find suitable furniture, the film takes a surprising course of action. In a critical discussion with the director, something becomes visible: even though the young Israelis are inseparably linked to their past, they reject being representatives of history. They cannot identify emotionally with stories of those Holocaust-victims. Connecting the past to their present seems impossible. They want to emancipate themselves from their heritage and find their own identity.

How do Germans and Israelis remember the Holocaust today? The historic apartment of the Adler family thereby transforms into a space for discussions and encounters. The film, intended as a journey into the past turns into a multi-layered and unexpected experience for the young Israelis of the third generation in the present time.

Director: Alice Agneskirchner
Director of Photography: Jan Zabeil
Sound: Manuel Zimmer
Editing: Melanie Margalith
Composer: Maciej Siedziecki
Art Direction: Marc-Oliver Lau
Producer: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz
Assistance Producer: Céline Deligny, Lea-Marie Körner
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner
Production Manager: Nick Pastucha
Production Assistant: Anique Roelfsema, Franziska Krüger, Veronika Greskamp
Executive Producer: Christian Beetz
Commissioning Editor: Rolf Bergmann(rbb), Udo Bremer (3Sat)

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    Zeughauskino, Deutsches Historisches Museum - Berlin
    26 August 2013 at 7:30 pm

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    31 August 2013 at 10:15 pm

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    Leipzig Screening, Passage Kinos Filmeck - Leipzig
    28 October 2013 at 2:30 pm

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    05 November 2013 at 11:30 pm

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    Auditorium of KHM - Stranger Than Fiction - Köln
    29 January 2014 at 7:00 pm

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    Film & Talk, Kino Endstation - Bochum
    30 January 2014 at 7:00 pm

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    Cinema & Kurbelkiste - Münster
    16 February 2014 at 5:00 pm

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    ZDF Kultur
    12 March 2014 at 10:15 pm

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    13 March 2014 at 2:40 am

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    Portland Museum of Art, Railroad Square & Frontier - Maine Jewish FF - Maine
    23 March 2014 at 12:30 pm

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    The Strand - Maine Jewish FF - Maine
    24 March 2014 at 1:00 pm

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    Columbia University - New York - Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
    24 April 2014 at 12:00 am

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    Filmmuseum - DOK.fest Munich
    13 May 2014 at 9:00 pm

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    Instituto Francés - Barcelona Jewish Film Festival - Barcelona
    13 June 2014 at 7:00 pm

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    Ishia Film Festival - Italien
    03 July 2014 at 12:00 am

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    Castello Aragonese - Ischia Film Festival - Italia
    03 July 2014 at 9:40 pm

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    13 October 2014 at 10:05 pm

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    27 October 2014 at 8:00 pm

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    Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival - Laemmle's Music Hall
    04 February 2015 at 7:30 pm

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    Goethe-Institut Los Angeles - USA
    10 March 2015 at 7:00 pm

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    Palm Beach International Film Festival - Cobb Downtown at The Gardens - USA
    27 March 2015 at 1:30 pm

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