Oscilloscope Laboratories has announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to Yael Hersonski's documentary "A Film Unfinished." The doc, which premiered at Sundance this year and won the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award, also played at Berlinale 2010 in the Panorama section. Oscilloscope will open the film August 18 at Film Forum and August 20th at Lincoln Plaza in New York City, with a national release to follow.
"This movie really affected me," Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope Laboratories said in a statement. "It's an incredibly powerful film, not just because of the rare Nazi propaganda footage it shows, but also the captivating way the filmmakers tell the story."
The film as described by Oscilloscope: "At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. "A Film Unfinished" presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film."