#AnneFrank: Parallel Stories
DIRECTOR: Sabina Fedeli and Anna Migotto
Original soundtrack by Lele Marchitelli (The Great Beauty, The Young Pope)
STARRING: Helen Mirren
GENRE: Documentary, War
Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt on 12th June 1929 and this year she would have been 90 years old. The documentary film tells the story of her life through the pages of her diary: an extraordinary text that has made the tragedy of Nazism known to millions of readers all over the world, and revealed the brilliant, enlightening intelligence of a young girl who wanted to become a writer.
Anne’s story is intertwined with that of five Holocaust survivors, teenage girls just like her, with the same ideals, the same desire to live, the same courage: Arianna Szörenyi, Sarah Montard, Helga Weiss and sisters Andra and Tatiana Bucci.
Helen Mirren will introduce audiences to Anne’s story through the words in her diary. The set will be her room in the secret refuge in Amsterdam, reconstructed in every detail.
Off “the set”, a young girl, will lead us on a journey to get to know the places that were part of Anne Frank’s short life and her feelings. She wants to know about the story of the Jewish teenager who became a symbol of the greatest tragedy of the 20th Century, and she also speaks to us through social networks. In fact, photos and posts are her language, and in this way she gives us her interpretation of what she discovers, sees, from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany (where Anne and her sister Margot died) to the Holocaust Memorial in Paris, up to and including her visit to the secret refuge in Amsterdam.
In the documentary we also hear the voices of Rabbi Michael Berenbaum, historian and professor of Jewish studies at various American universities, Holocaust historian Marcello Pezzetti, director of the Holocaust Museum in Rome, French ethno-psychologist Nathalie Zajde, witnesses Doris Grozdanovicova and Fanny Auchbaum, world-renowned violinist Francesca Dego, Yves Kugelmann publisher and member of the Anne Frank Fonds Basel, Ronald Leopold – director of the Anne Frank House, Alain Granat director of online magazine Jewpopo, and photographer Simon Daval.
★★★★★ - Stuff.co.nz
"I walked into Anne Frank: Parallel Stories wondering whether her story needed to be retold. I left, convinced and furious that of course it still does. Go and see this film. And take your kids."
SHOWING AT THESE NZ CINEMAS:
Light House Petone, Wellington - From 21 November
Light House Cuba, Wellington - From 21 November
Light House Paua, Wellington - From 21 November
Penthouse, Wellington - From 21 November
Shoreline, Waikanae - From 21 November
Vic Devonport, Auckland - From 21 November
Lido Hamilton - From 21 November
Rialto Newmarket - From 21 November
Rialto Dunedin - From 21 November
Dome, Gisbourne - From 21 November
The Gaiety, Wairoa - From 28 November
Focal Point Feilding - From 21 November
State/Suter Nelson - From 21 November
Academy Gold, Christchurch - From 21 November
Ecoworld Cinema, Picton - From 21 November
Movie Max, Timaru - From 21 November
Gecko, Motueka - From 21 November
Bridgeway, Auckland - From 21 November
Screening Room, Masterton - From 21 November
Cinecafe Akaroa, Christchurch - From 21 November
Whakamax, Whakatane - From 21 November
Arthur’s Cromwell - 7 & 19 December