The Blum Case / Affaire Blum SECTION A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME
dir. ERICH ENGEL, SBZ , 1948, 109min
"SECTION A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME" - jewish existence during the Cold War: a German-Polish journey through time and a juxtaposition of cinematic histories on the occasion of DEFA’s 75th anniversary.
The relationship of the GDR and the People's Republic of Poland towards Judaism was, in light of the Nazi occupation, Shoah and the Cold War, characterised in several respects by reinterpretations of history. Accordingly, the few films that were made on the subject proceeded cautiously. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the DEFA film studios we embark on a cinematic journey through time, taking us from the first reflections on the Shoah shortly after the end of the war to feature films from the 1980s.
THE BLUM CASE / Affaire Blum
The murderer turns an innocent individual into a hunted man: Gabler, criminally-minded and unscrupulous, accuses Jewish factory owner Blum of murdering his accountant. The law courts of the Weimar Republic unanimously consent to the anti-Jewish agitation. Superintendent Bonte, called upon for help, is committed to honesty however. He sees to it that Gabler is convicted as the real murderer. Based on a true story, the film was shot at the DEFA studios.
"SECTION A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME" is co-created with Jewish Film Berlin & Brandenburg (JFBB). The program is curated by Lihi Nagler (WJFF Programming Director) and Bernd Buder (JFBB Program Director). The film screenings will be accompanied by discussions with contemporary witnesses and experts. The program came about with support from the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation in Berlin.
More information: https://wjff.pl/en/jfbb-berlin-brandenburg/