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THREE MINUTES - A LENGTHENING

Bianca Stigter
NL UK 2021    68'
⚬ History ⚬ Human Interest 

Synopsis

THREE MINUTES - A LENGTHENING presents a home movie shot by David Kurtz in 1938 in a Jewish town in Poland and tries to postpone its ending. The film is a haunting essay about history and memory. As long as we are watching, history is not over yet. The three minutes of footage, mostly in color, are the only moving images left of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk before the Holocaust. Those precious minutes are examined moment by moment to unravel the human stories hidden in the celluloid. Different voices enhance the images: Glenn Kurtz, grandson of David Kurtz, and Maurice Chandler, who appears in the footage as a young boy. Actress Helena Bonham Carter narrates the film.

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Director

Bianca Stigter

Producer

Floor Onrust

Co-Producer

Steve McQueen

Production Company

Family Affair Films

Co-Production Company

Lammas Park

Cinematography

David Kurtz

Writers

Bianca Stigter

Editor

Katharina Wartena

Music

Wilko Sterke

Sound

Mark Glynne

Festivals

Giornate degli Autori 2021

TIFF 2021

Telluride 2021

IDFA 2021

Film Details

Runtime 69'
Spoken Languages English, Polish, Yiddish, German
Production Countries The Netherlands, UK

Biography

Bianca Stigter is a historian and cultural critic. She made the short film essays THREE MINUTES - THIRTEEN MINUTES - THIRTY MINUTES (2014) and I KISS THIS LETTER - FAREWELL LETTERS FROM AMSTERDAMMERS (2018). She is associate producer of Steve McQueen’s feature films 12 YEARS A SLAVE and WIDOWS. In 2019 she published the book "Atlas of an Occupied City: Amsterdam 1940-1945".

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