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Inna Rogatchi Will Be a Guest of the Largest in Australia and New Zealand International Film Festival

Posted 16/3/2015

March 2015


In March 2015, Inna Rogatchi will be a guest of the largest in Australia and New Zealand Jewish International Film Festival, presenting her film The Lessons of Survival: Conversations with Simon Wiesenthal at the Holocaust Film Series, a new, special and highly popular programme of the Festival. The Holocaust Film Series has created a very large interest among a wide spectrum of the Australian and New Zealand media.

Simon Wisenthal and Inna Rogatchi, Vienna, Simon Wiesenthal Documentation Office

Simon Wisenthal and Inna Rogatchi, Vienna, Simon Wiesenthal Documentation Office © Inna Rogatchi

The Holocaust Film Series features 35 films on the theme of the Holocaust from 13 countries, presented in all genres - feature, documentary and short film. The films for the Holocaust Film Series has been selected from more the 300 films screened by the Festival's director Eddie Tamir and his team at Cannes, Berlin, Israel and a few other top international festivals. All those films will be Australian and New Zealand premieres.

Inna has become the first Finnish film director ever to be invited to attend this highly selective Film Festival. Her film The Lessons of Survival: Conversations with Simon Wiesenthal will be the first Finnish film to be present at this prestigious international film forum. The film will be shown in both places of the Holocaust Film Series, Melbourne and Sydney.

Inna Rogatchi will also be giving the Director's Talks after all screenings of the film.

In a recent review, the US film critic Boris Segel has written about Inna's film in The Jewish Eye:

"This documentary serves as an excellent introduction to the life and work of (Simon) Wiesenthal, and it is an important addition to the body of works that provide first person testimonies about the Holocaust. It is a memorable and inspirational work that highlights one man fight for survival, and for justice against unspeakable evil."

Among the programme of The Holocaust Film Series are such internationally acclaimed films as Colette (Czech Republic), One Step to Freedom (Austria, Switzerland), In Silence (Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia), A Blind Hero – the Love of Otto Weidt (Germany), among others. Previously, several of the films selected for the Holocaust Film Series have become Oscar nominees and finalists, and were awarded with Cesar and Grammy Awards.


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