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My Father´s Secrets (2022)

Section: International Competition of Feature Films in the Junior Category (over 11 years of age)

Director: Véra Belmont, Belgium, France, 2022, 74 min.



Sat | 03.06 | 10:30 | Golden Apple Cinema 2

Mon | 05.06 | 11:00 | Golden Apple Cinema 5

"I was 12 years old. I loved chocolate ice cream and hated cabbage. We were an average Belgian family. But if you looked closely, we weren't quite like other families." So begins the story of Michel Kichka's Jewish family. He plays pranks on his younger brother Charly, teases his sister, who can't wait to get out of her parents' sight, and talks back to his mother at the dinner table. It introduces us to the environment of the Jewish community in a Belgian town in 1959. Through his childlike perspective, he also tries to figure out what it means when people talk about his father's stay in a war camp. What does the number on his forearm mean? What scared him when their tickets were checked on the train? What happened in a place called Auschwitz? This animated film is another cinematic reflection on the Holocaust, this time based on Michel Kichka's autobiographical comic The Things I Didn't Tell My Father.

CountryBelgium, France
Production Year2022
Runtime74 min.
Age limit13
Directed by Véra Belmont
Story Michel Kichka
Screenplay Véra Belmont, Valérie Zenatti
Music TBC
Edited by TBC
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Véra Belmont Screenwriter, director and producer from France. She produced dozens of successful films and directed her own debut film, Prisonniers de Mao (1979). She won recognition for her drama Red Kiss (Rouge Baiser, 1985). Her other works include Marquise (1997) and Survival with Wolves (Survivre avec les loups, 2017).