Wed 11 April 2018 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Beit Hanna - Ben Gurion 75, Tel Aviv,
Cinema Bustan Beit Hanna and “Memory in the living room” Present:
The Last Postcard Silvan Bigleisen’s documentary film and a conversation with the director
Wednesday 11.4 Holocaust Remembrance Day 20:00
Silvan tells about the film:
“Why did you agree to make this film?” I asked my mother. She replied, “Because I thought I would have a son.” This is how the films of “The Last Postcard” were opened.
The film takes place in Antwerp, Belgium, my hometown. He tells the story of the painful relationship between my 87-year-old mother and me, the son who suffered all his life from the silence that dominated our family life.
My mother’s silence was always a barrier between us. She covered the secrets of our family story, dating back to the Holocaust. I discovered the part of the story when I was ten and he created a reservoir of distance, anger and accusations against my mother.
The film is for both of us a first attempt – and last – to break the silence. My mother’s willingness to talk to me about intimate and sensitive subjects, which she had never shared with me before, in total freedom, while ignoring the presence of the camera, creates a fascinating and emotional document, both in terms of mother-child relations and that of a photographer.
The film touches upon broad questions of parent-child relations, memory, guilt and old age, against the backdrop of World War II and its impact on the lives of the survivors – and their children’s lives.
At the end of the film there will be a conversation with the director