French (Available subtitled in English)
Year of Production: 2018
Canadian Release Date: March 15, 2019
Behind this iconic work is a woman who spent thousands of hours in a dark editing room in the Parisian suburb of St-Cloud. For the editor Ziva Postec, it was an exceptional cinematographic achievement and an incredible personal journey. Now age 73, she recalls how her life intersected with history and shares profound and sometimes painful thoughts about the job of film editor.
Ziva Postec was born in Israel and moved to Paris at the age of 21 hoping to find work in film. She knew nothing about the Holocaust; her parents didn’t talk about the family members who had died in the camps. It was at the editing table that she first encountered the Shoah – when she assembled the horrific images that would be used as evidence in the highly mediatized trial of Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann in 1961.
Ziva Postec worked with the likes of Jacques Tati, Orson Welles, Alain Resnais and Chris Marker but her career took a new turn when she met documentary film director Claude Lanzmann. She would be caught up in an exhilarating and nightmarish editing experience, dedicating years of her life to an obsessive encounter with her own history that would result in one of the most monumental cinematic works of all time.
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Les Films Camera Oscura
DIRECTOR: Catherine Hebert
SCRIPTWRITERS: Catherine Hebert