Russian Jews: Film Two—1914 - 1948 captures a 30-year period of significant Jewish participation in every domain of Soviet political and cultural life including Leon Trotsky's role as the founder of the Red Army; artist Marc Chagall's early career; the first Soviet popular music stars; writers, with Isaac Babel in the lead, and other figures and fates, without which the grandiose Soviet ‘project’ is impossible to understand.
The Bloom of Yesterday (Die Blumen von gestern)
“Audacious… an offbeat romantic comedy.” - Variety
Toto is an esteemed Holocaust scholar. He is also the grandson of a Nazi war criminal. While organising a conference, Toto takes on an intern who’s the granddaughter of a Holocaust victim. After a rocky first meeting, the two bond, speak candidly about their familial legacies, and stumble toward romance.
Chris Kraus’ audacious The Bloom of Yesterday wrings comedy from unfathomable atrocity. Yet the film’s lightness allows its inherent gravity to settle fully once we apprehend its true message: that every generation must find its own path to reckoning with the daunting shadows of history.
Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival.
125 mins / German, French (English subtitles)
Director — Chris Kraus