PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Bianca Stigter, director of the documentaryThree Minutes a Lengthening.
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The first time Bianca Stigter was a guest on FRED, her documentary feature Three Minutes a Lengthening was presented at the Giornate degli Autori in Venice in 2021. After almost a year traveling from film festival to film festival with her film, Stigter is “virtually” in Sydney with the film which is programmed in the Program Strand “Europe! Voices of Women in film” in collaboration with the European Film Promotion. The director tells us about the journey she made with her film and the reactions to Three Minutes a Lengthening that she gathered along the process.
Three Minutes a Lengthening : The small Polish town of Nasielsk was once home to around 3000 Jewish people. Fewer than 100 of them survived the Holocaust. A year prior to their fateful deportation, Jewish-American David Kurtz visited his childhood town, shooting three minutes of amateur holiday footage during his stay. Decades later, Dutch director Bianca Stigter – with the help of narrator Helena Bonham Carter – dives deep into this precious fragment. Through inventive assemblage and intimate reflections, the footage unfurls into a haunting tapestry of mystery and loss demonstrating how the film medium can bear witness. Co-produced by Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave).
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