Pizza a Auschwitz

Pizza in Auschwitz

Video, Colore, Lingua: ebraico, polacco, lituano, inglese. Sottotitoli: italiani

Regia: Moshe Zimerman

Sceneggiatura: Moshe Zimerman

Fotografia: Avi Kener, Moshe Zimerman

Montaggio: Tali Goldenberg

Musica: Ellyot (Sharon Ben Ezer)

Suono: Katja Shplaiyaviya

Interpreti: Danny Chanoch, Miri Chanoch, Sagi Chanoch

Produzione: Trabelsi productions, Tzuf Productions

Distribuzione: Lab 80 film

Durata: 52' / Anno: 2008 / Nazione: Israele

Il film segue Danny Chanoch nel viaggio più importante della sua vita, quello che porta i suoi figli, Sagi e Miri, da Israele al suo Olocausto: originario della Lituania, Danny fu deportato ragazzino e dopo aver visto la sua famiglia dividersi a Stuthoff, da Dachau fu trasferito a Auschwitz e qui restò fino alla sua evacuazione quando dopo la marcia della morte fu trasferito a Mauthausen dove arrivò la liberazione. I viaggiatori hanno sei giorni per attraversare quattro Paesi, cinque campi e una baracca a Birkenau: sotto lo sguardo dolce e malinconico del figlio maggiore, Danny descrive le tappe che lo hanno portato ad Auschwitz dibattendo vivacemente con la figlia Miri, partecipe, lucida e vigile compagna di un viaggio nella memoria di cui si fa erede problematica.

Critica: Most children are told fairy stories to send them to sleep at bedtime. Miri and Sagi were told scary stories. Stories about their father’s time in the ghettos and concentration camps of Nazi-occupied Poland.
Now the elderly and fierce Dani drags his two grown-up Israeli children, the chain-smoking, petulant Miri and solemn, religious Sagi to retrace his steps to the concentration camps that have haunted him, and them.
The final goal for the septuagenarian, the man with the “BA in Auschwitz” as he describes it, is to spend one final night in his old barracks in the camp, with his family around him.
With a box of takeaway pizza, a camera, candles and emotions running at their highest, father and daughter fight out their lost childhoods.
In Dani, Moshe Zimerman’s documentary has a character that no script could have created. His wry defiance of border guards, historians, schoolteachers, the Auschwitz staff and his own, traumatised, family give the film its moments of blackest comedy and deepest heartache.
Pizza in Auschwitz is a deeply poignant story about a different kind of Holocaust survival, how the children of the victims have survived the trauma of their parents. As Miri finally puts it, back home in Tel Aviv with her own family: “There’s really no such thing as a Holocaust survivor.”
By Jessica Elgot, The Jewish Chronicle

Moche Zimmerman’s documentary ‘Pizza in Auschwitz’ was one of those surprises of Zagreb Dox’s competition programme, coz I haven’t expected such a ‘Holocaust Big Brother episode’.
This film is great example of documentary cinematography that covers the whole scale of human behaviour when confronted with issues based on different personal histories packed jointly with the generation gap.
For a documentary about concentration camps, Pizza in Auschwitz contains a whole lot of jokes. The title already suggests the tone of the film. And the jokes are painful ones that are true. For Danny Hanoch, jokes have become the only way he can deal with the past. Along these lines, he claims to have a “PhD in Auschwitz” and refers to the annual remembrance day as “the high season.” But he has said these things so many times by now that the wink that comes with them has long since disappeared.

Moshe Zimmerman’s, Pizza in Auschwitz is a disturbingly beautiful treatise on what human beings make of pain and suffering, how human beings have the capacity to transform horror into something altogether comprehensible.
Born in Lithuania, Danny Chanoch is a holocaust survivor and Isreali citizen. He has convinced his two adult children to visit his childhood home and the sites of his multiple incarcerations in Poland. The trip for the elder Chanoch is a chance to reclaim a childhood which, as his daughter offers in one of many heated family discussions along the way, was stolen from him in the most cruel way.
Zimmerman, who wrote and directed the script, collaborates with Chanoch’s daughter, Miri, to provide an agile narrative. If the film is repetitive in its theme of the tension inherent in the children’s attempt to understand their father, it also provides moments of revelation, as when Miri finally concedes to her father, “Fortunately, I don’t think we can understand you.” Danny is a consummate optimist, as he points out, he didn’t have another option; “There were always people throwing themselves at the electcric fences, which I couldn’t understand, certain death was awaiting us anyway,” why the rush?
Danny’s optimism represents an incredible ode to the resilience of human beings, and a powerful expropriation of history in his claiming the former killing grounds as having been home to him. But he is hardly an unblemished soul which he illustrates by insisting on subjecting his children to the images of suffering and dying which he experienced as a boy. His daughter, who imagined stormtroopers knocking on her door as a child, retorts, the holocaust is “too much information” for 3, 4 and 5 year olds, and concludes “I guess there is no such thing as a Holocaust Survivor.”

Festival e premi: Premio della Giuria della Filmschule, Doc Leipzig, Germania, Novembre2008.
IDFA, Amsterdam, Olanda, Novembre 2008, Best of Fest.
Doc Point, Helsinki, Finlandia, Gennaio 2009.
ZagrebDox, Zagabria, Croazia, Febbraio 2009.
One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Praga, Repubblica Ceca, Marzo 2009.
Bergamo Film Meeting, Bergamo, Marzo 2009.
BAFICI- Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marzo 2009.
OXDOX, Oxford, Gran Bretagna, Aprile 2009.
Vision Du Reel, Nyon, Svizzera, Aprile 2009.
Skopje Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia, Aprile 2009.
NodoDocFest, Trieste, Maggio 2009.
Premio Dragone d’Oro, Krakow International Film Festival, Cracovia, Polonia, Maggio 2009.
IFFTAC- International Festival of Films on Tribal Art & Culture, Indore, India, Giugno 2009.
Moscow International Film Festival, Mosca, Russia, Giugno 2009.
Sole Luna, Palermo, Luglio 2009.
Berdyansk Film Festival, Berdyansk, Ucraina, Settembre 2009.
Perspektive : International Human Rights Film Festival, Norimberga, Germania, Ottobre 2009.
International documentary film festival “Flahertiana”, Perm, Russia, Ottobre 2009
One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Bratislava, Slovacchia, Novembre 2009.
PRAVO LJUDSKI Human Rights Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia Erzegovina, Novembre 2009.
BOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL, Boston, U.S.A, Novembre 2009.
WATCH DOCS- Human Rights in Films FF, Varsavia, Polonia, Dicembre 2009.