The Flat

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At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades after immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger undertook the complex process of making sense of the accumulated ephemera of a lifetime. In the process, he began to uncover clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story: a chronicle of the unexpected yet inevitable ethical ambiguities and repressed emotions that arise when everyday friendships suddenly cross enemy lines. 

Director Arnon Goldfinger. 97 mins, NR

Introduced by Barton Byg of UMass Amherst who will discuss the film in relation to Günter Grass' Peeling the Onion.

Barton Byg is professor of Germanic and Scandinavian studies, and founder of the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A leading scholar of East German cinema, Byg established the DEFA Film Library in the early 1990s in order to make this body of work more accessible to professors, students, and the general public in North America. Byg is also the author of the book Landscapes of Resistance: The German Films of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub.