It was announced today that Altitude Film Distribution has acquired the UK rights for the feature length documentary A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did ahead of its premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Altitude distributed 2014’s feature documentary Oscar winner, 20 Feet From Stardom.
A Nazi Legacy follows eminent human rights lawyer and author Philippe Sands and two sons of high-ranking Nazi officials, Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter. For Frank and Von Wachter, the journey involves a confrontation with the acts of their Nazi fathers. For Sands, it means visiting the places where much of his own Jewish family was killed under orders of the fathers of the two men he has come to know. It is an emotional, psychological exploration of three men wrestling with their past, present Europe – and conflicting versions of the truth. The film is directed by David Evans (Emmy nominated for Downton Abbey), edited by David Charap (Virunga; My Summer Of Love) and produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey (Brooklyn; Oscar-nominated for An Education) from Wildgaze Films in association with the BFI and BBC Storyville.
ALTITUDE FILM DISTRIBUTION ACQUIRES A NAZI LEGACY: WHAT OUR FATHERS DID FOR UK THEATRICAL RELEASE
Documentary Features Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Philippe Sands and Interviews with Two Sons of High Ranking Nazi Officials
Both men see their fathers very differently; their encounters and their own testimonies are fascinating, provocative and moving. With them we travel to their family homes in Austria and Germany, a castle in Krakow where Hans Frank was ‘King of Poland’, as well as Lemberg in the Ukraine where their fathers governed, and where Philippe learns that their fathers’ actions led directly to his own Jewish family’s fate. The film includes exclusive access to extraordinary unprecedented archive footage – Frank’s family home movies – which go right to the heart of the Nazi regime from a family perspective, including ‘day trips’ to the Krakow ghetto. It is the first time this footage will have been seen in public. This archive has now been donated to the Holocaust Museum for future generations.
Will Clarke and Hamish Moseley of Altitude said, “We are proud to have picked up David Evans’ powerful and compelling film on the eve of its world premiere at Tribeca. Finola, Amanda and the team at Wildgaze have produced a timely and important documentary with themes that speak to all of us and it will be an honour putting the film in front of a broad UK audience.”
Producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey said, “We couldn’t be happier to have Altitude as our UK distributors on A Nazi Legacy, their passion and commitment to reaching audiences is second to none. We look forward to working with Hamish and the team once again.” Worldwide rights are being handled by the Film Sales Company in New York. FSC’s President Andrew Herwitz has indicated that there has already been tremendous domestic and foreign interest in the film based on the description of the film and says he “looks forward to robust sales”.