My Neighbor Adolf starts principal photography in Colombia
by Kaleem Aftab
- Beta Cinema takes on sales on the English-language film, directed by Leon Prudovsky and produced by Israel's 2-Team Productions and Polish outfit Film Produkcja
Beta Cinema is handling international sales outside Poland and Israel on Leon Prudovsky's My Neighbor Adolf, which has started principal photography in Colombia on January 28, lasting until February 28.
The English-language film is produced by Haim Mecklberg, Estee Yacov-Mecklberg and Ygal Mograbi of 2-Team Productions (2016 Sundance Grand Jury Award winner Sand Storm), [+see also:
film profile] Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska (High Life [+see also:
interview: Claire Denis
film profile]) and Staszek Dziedzic of Film Produkcja (2019 Berlinale Competition entry Mr. Jones) in co-production with Juan Pablo Lasserre, Diego Conejero and Julio Cesar Gaviria of Vandalo Colombia and Moshe Edery of United King Films. It is supported by the Rabinovitch Film Fund, the Polish Film Institute and the Colombian Film Fund.
The new film by Leon Prudovsky (Five Hours from Paris) stars David Hayman (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas [+see also:
film profile]) and Udo Kier (The Painted Bird [+see also:
interview: Václav Marhoul
film profile]) and takes place in 1960 Colombia. It tells the story of Polsky, a lonely and grumpy Holocaust survivor living in the countryside, who suspects that his new neighbor might be none other than Adolf Hitler. As nobody believes him, he embarks on a mission to find the evidence that will prove him right and soon enough realises that the only way to do so is to befriend his neighbour…
Director Leon Prudovsky comments: "My Neighbor Adolf is a comedy. Because a Holocaust survivor, who believes his new neighbor is Hitler, is comic. Because an old man obsessively conducting an absurd investigation is comic. But then again, the story is more of a tragedy. Because loneliness is tragic… The real dramatic question of the film is not about the new neighbor's true identity, but whether the two lonely old men can overcome their prejudices and suspicions and build a friendship based on their common humanity."
Thorsten Ritter of Beta Cinemas adds: "My Neighbour Adolf is striking that delicate balance between the tragic and the comedic, like Haim and Estee managed so beautifully as producers on our former collaboration, the international hit The Farewell Party [+see also:
interview: Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon
film profile]. We feel it is important to keep telling stories about the Holocaust and survival and the life thereafter, but in doing so you can be edgy and mindful at the same time; this doesn't need to be a contradiction. And we feel international distributors are highly anticipating this movie for that very reason."
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