Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Alexa Karolinski’s documentary “Oma and Bella,” which had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival — and which served as an Indiewire Project of the Day late last year. The film will receive its New York premiere Nov. 10 as part of Doc NYC, though Oscilloscope has made the film available across online platforms starting Thursday.
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Per Oscilloscope, “Oma and Bella” “centers around two older Jewish women who are best friends living together in Berlin (one of whom, Regina ‘Oma’ Karolinski, is the filmmaker’s grandmother). Having survived the Holocaust and then stayed in Germany after the war, Oma and Bella spend their days telling stories, cracking jokes, dispensing advice, and devoting the majority of their time to their greatest love of all — cooking. Their cooking is a passion, a connection to their culture and heritage, a demonstration of their creativity and skill, and a showcase for some of the most unique and delicious-looking dishes we’ve ever seen on film. Through their cooking and their conversation, an intimate portrait emerges of two incredibly strong, funny, endearing women who look candidly at their lives as they both wrestle with the past and engage with the present.”
Alexa Karolisnki produced along with Jeff Dupre and Maro Charnoff of Show of Force. Karolinski, Dupre, and Charnoff negotiated the deal with David Laub and Dan Berger of Oscilloscope.