The Flat

Arnon Goldfinger
| Israel, Germany
| 2011
| 97 min

On a shelf, buried within the other keepsakes that clutter the Tel Aviv apartment of director Arnon Goldfinger’s recently deceased grandmother, is a newspaper clipping that contains an uneasy and shocking secret. Uncovered as Goldfinger and his family empty the flat, the clipping propels the filmmaker on a journey to discover the truth about his grandparents, who immigrated to the Holy Land from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. This truth, revealed in increasingly fascinating layers, is one that nobody else – family included – seems enthusiastic about dredging up. Goldfinger’s relentless pursuit uncovers a remarkable story about his family’s history, but also one about memory and wilful forgetting.

Arnon Goldfinger
Arnon Goldfinger, Thomas Kufus
Australian Premiere
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