Dir. Julia Von Heinz (99min, Germany/Israel, 2013)
In German and Hebrew with English Subtitles
Hanna’s motives for spending several months in Israel working with disabled youths and elderly Holocaust survivors aren’t exactly noble: a sharp-eyed careerist, the young German woman figures this charity work will make her resumé sparkle. What she doesn’t count on is Itay – the brusque but charming social worker she meets on her first day abroad.
He teases her with off-color jokes about the Holocaust and for being German – all of which she considers ancient history, having nothing to do with her at all. As she reluctantly warms to Itay’s insistent flirtations, however, she realizes the hold this history truly has on her.
Co-Presented by 3GDC
Born in Berlin, Germany in 1976, Julia von Heinz studied digital media design and cinematography before becoming a scriptwriter and apprenticing as an assistant director on various productions. She made her directorial debut in 2001 with Dienstag. Subsequent films include: Doris (2002), Lucie & Vera (2003), Nothing Else Matters (2007), Two Lives in Germany (2011), Hanni & Hanni 2 (2011).