By Sophia Savage | Indiewire July 27, 2012 at 12:56PM
Arnon Goldfinger's "The Flat" goes to Sundance Selects for North American, Latin American, UK and Scandinavian rights (excluding Jewish festival and educational rights, which are being handled by Ruth Diskin Films Ltd).
"The Flat" debuted at the Jerusalem International Film Festival in 2011, where Goldfinger won Best Director, before playing Tribeca where it won Best Editing (here's Indiewire's Meet the Filmmaker interview). Among the film's other honors is the Israeli Academy Award's Best Documentary award.
Goldfinger also wrote the documentary, and co-produced with Thomas Kufus. The synopsis for "The Flat," which Sundance Selects plans to release October 19, is below.
At age 98, director Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a dense mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger begins to uncover clues that seem to point to a greater mystery and soon a complicated family history unfolds before his camera. What starts to take shape reflects nothing less than the troubled and taboo story of three generations of Germans – both Jewish and non-Jewish – trying to piece together the puzzle of their lives in the aftermath of the terrible events of World War II.
"When I made the film, I thought the fact that in my family 'we do not talk about the past' was unique. Since then I have been amazed to discover that this is common in many other families. THE FLAT became an unexpected success in Israel, but it was only when I experienced the moving reactions at the Tribeca Film Festival that I realized its power to touch the hearts of so many people from different nations and origins. From the first minute, Sundance Selects have enthusiastically expressed their belief in the film's potential and I feel very privileged to work with such a creative team on something that is very personal and valuable to me.”