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Finding Pictures: Remembering Bruno Schulz

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Finding Pictures: Remembering Bruno Schulz


Regie Benjamin Geissler
Duur 106
Genre Documentaire
Cast Christian Geissler
Land Duitsland
Taal Duits

Finding Pictures  –  Het Verhaal

„Poetry happens when short circuits of sense occur between words" Bruno Schulz

Bruno Schulz, de beroemde schrijver en schilder was een Poolse Jood. Hij onderving zware terreur in het door de Duitsers bezette dorpje Drohobycz in 1941-42. Aanvankelijk wist hij te overleven door muurschilderingen te maken voor de kinderen van de SS officier Felix Landau.

Bruno Schulz is gefusilleerd door de SS op 19 November 1942.

Ondanks een intensieve zoektocht na de Tweede Wereldoorlog waren de muurschilderingen van Schulz nooit terug gevonden. Tot 9 februari 2001. Toen filmmaker Benjamin Geissler per abuis de verloren geachte schilderingen wist te traceren.

„Finding Pictures" documenteert deze zoektocht, de ontdekking en plotselinge verdwijning van de werken. Tezamen maakt dit een documentaire over een van de meest controversiële museum aankopen van in jaren. "Finding Pictures" introduceert ons tot een aantal overlevenden van de  Holocaust, mensen die Schulz gekend hebben en de wereld van nu in contact brengt met de poëtische en beangstigende visie van Schulz's werk.



English below:



Finding Pictures  –  The Story

„Poetry happens when short circuits of sense occur between words" Bruno Schulz

Bruno Schulz, the world-renowned writer and painter and a Polish Jew, experienced the terror of German occupation in the Galician city of Drohobycz in 1941-42. He initially survived by painting murals for the children of the SS officer Felix Landau, on the nursery walls of the villa they had occupied.

Bruno Schulz was shot and killed by the SS on November 19, 1942.

Despite an intensive search after WWII, his murals were not found until February 9, 2001, when the documentary filmmaker Benjamin Geissler discovered the long lost pictures. In May 2001, representatives of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial removed fragments of these murals from Ukraine, sparking an international controversy.

„Finding Pictures" documents the search, the discovery and sudden disappearance of the Bruno Schulz murals in piecing together the story of one of the most controversial museum acquisitions in recent years. Yad Vashem has claimed the moral right to preserve the works. Ukrainian and Polish officials say the removal was a crime. But what do the Jews from Drohobycz say?

This film enables viewers to follow the director through a meticulously composed mosaic of both known and unpublished testimonies about Bruno Schulz and his last days.

Bruno Schulz was born in 1892 in Drohobycz, a small town in the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia. He thought and wrote in Polish in Drohobycz and rejected all offers to move, feeling that he could not be creative elsewhere. Located in the N.E. Carpathian foothills in the east Galician oil region, economically and culturally diversified, Drohobycz was one of the most significant centers of Jewish culture in Europe preceding WWII. Most of the Jews there were murdered in the extermination camp Bel¿ec and in the woods of Bronica.

"Finding Pictures" introduces us to Holocaust survivors who knew Schulz and connects today's world to the poetic and fearful visions described in Schulz's works.