program

FILMS

The Last of the Unjust

Ultimul dintre nedrepți

74 films in 13 categories
Claude Lanzmann
France, Austria
218 Min.


2013
Photo Film

V.O.

French

subtitles

Romanian, English


Original Title

Le dernier des injustes

CATEGORY

Ian Buruma's Landmark Documentaries

program

• 20 March, 17:00, Pavilion 32 - Goethe-Institut

The film will be screened in the presence of: Ian Buruma, Iulia Popovici



synopsis

Filmed in 1975, but only edited and launched in 2013, ”The Last of the Unjust” focuses on Benjamin Murmelstein, the head-rabbi of Vienna before the beginning of World War II, who was subsequently deported to Theresienstadt and who, along with the head-rabbi of Berlin, Paul Eppstein, and that of Prague, Jacob Edelstein, was put in charge of the Jewish Council (Judenrat) in this “model” ghetto. Lanzmann interviewed Murmelstein in the 1970s in Rome, where the previous Jewish leader of Vienna was living in exile, being denied entrance to Israel, where he was considered persona non grata. Lanzmann is not afraid to build and define his character through the lens of his professed affection for him, an emotional reaction which arose spontaneously during the interview towards a man who, when confronted with a desperate and impossible situation, did what he thought was best in order to make life more bearable for the Jews in Theresienstadt, even though this had meant following Nazi orders. (Raluca Durbacă)

awards and festivals

Cannes Film Festival 2013

Toronto International Film Festival 2013

CPH-DOX 2013

BFI London Film Festival 2013

The New York Film Festival 2013

Chicago International Film Festival 2013

Göteborg Film Festival 2014

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