Berlinale

Speer Goes to Hollywood

ein Film von Vanessa Lapa

Israel 2020, 97 Minuten, englisch-deutsche OF, teilweise mit deutschen Untertiteln

„Speer Goes to Hollywood“ läuft bei den Internationalen Filmfestspielen Berlin in der Sektion Special.

Speer Goes to Hollywood

Die zweite Karriere des Albert Speer: Wie konnte ein Mann, der für 12 Millionen Zwangsarbeiter verantwortlich war, die Lüge vom „guten Nazi“ schaffen? Ein Film über Speers Versuch, sich 1971 mit einer Verfilmung seiner „Erinnerungen“ reinzuwaschen.

Albert Speer ist ein Rätsel. Er war der ranghöchste Nazi, der in Nürnberg der Todesstrafe entging. Speer zählte zu Hitlers engsten Vertrauten und sollte als sein Chefarchitekt Berlin zur Welthauptstadt umgestalten. Als Reichsminister für Bewaffnung und Munition war Speer verantwortlich für 12 Millionen Zwangsarbeiter. Dennoch genießt er bis heute den Ruf des „guten Nazis“ – ein Mythos, den er sorgsam selbst entwarf und kultivierte. „Speer Goes to Hollywood“ führt uns ins Jahr 1971: Paramount Pictures plant Speers Bestseller „Erinnerungen“ zu verfilmen, und Speer will selbst am Drehbuch mitwirken. Vanessa Lapas Film basiert auf Tonaufzeichnungen der monatelangen Gespräche, die Drehbuchautor Andrew Birkin mit Speer geführt hat, und zeigt Speers skrupellosen Versuch, seine Vergangenheit mit dem geplanten Film reinzuwaschen. Lapas Film enthält zudem seltene Archivaufnahmen, die Speer vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg, in Kriegszeiten und später als mehr oder weniger zurückgezogen lebenden Ruheständler auf dem Land zeigen.

The unbelievable second career of Albert Speer: How did a man in charge of 12 million slaves become „the good Nazi“? A cautionary tale about his 1971 attempt to whitewash his past with a Hollywood adaptation of his memoir, „Inside the Third Reich.“

Albert Speer is an enigma. The highest-ranking Nazi in Nuremberg to be spared the death sentence, Speer was one of Hitler’s closest confidants and his chief architect, tasked with rebuilding Berlin as the capital of a global empire. As Reichsminister of Munitions, Speer was responsible for 12 million slave laborers. And yet, even now, he has the reputation of being „the good Nazi“ – a myth he carefully constructed himself. „Speer Goes to Hollywood“ meets its protagonist in 1971, while Speer was working on a screenplay for Paramount Pictures, based on his bestselling wartime memoir „Inside the Third Reich“. Based on months of audio cassettes, recorded by screenwriter Andrew Birkin, it features Speer’s callous attempt to whitewash his past in a feature film. The audio narrative is supplemented by rare archival footage, taken before and during World War II and later, during Speer’s retirement as a semi-reclusive country gentleman.

Biografie
Vanessa Lapa

Although she was born and raised in Belgium, Vanessa Lapa has been living and working in Israel since 1995. A talented polyglot and accomplished journalist, she produced and directed over one hundred news reports and documentaries for Israeli television. She was deeply involved on the Israeli side of content and production for „New York Times“-columnist Thomas Friedman’s riveting 52-minute documentary „Straddling the Fence“ (USA, 2003), which was aired worldwide.

In 2006, Vanessa founded Realworks, Ltd., an independent production house, based in Tel Aviv, which specializes in documentary film. „Olmert: Concealed Documentary“ (Israel, 2009), one of the company’s earliest projects, was hailed as a uniquely insightful achievement in cinéma verité. The film featured behind-the-scenes revelations about the private and public life of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

At the time, Vanessa was already hard at work on „The Decent One“, an intimate look at SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler, the most powerful person in the Third Reich after Adolf Hitler. Having discovered that Himmler assiduously kept a diary throughout most of his life, Vanessa’s film offered an unprecedented and often surprising glimpse into the mind of this nefarious butcher. Vanessa researched, wrote, directed, and produced this remarkable document about this infamous but little-known man.

Eight years in the making, „The Decent One“ had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014. It was an official selection for Panorama, which features the festival’s edgiest, most daring work. „The Decent One“ went on to win the Best Documentary Feature award at the Jerusalem Film Festival. All in all, it was an official selection in over 100 film festivals worldwide. It had a theatrical release in 50 countries and was broadcast in 60.

Vanessa followed this film with „Speer Goes to Hollywood“, a feature documentary about another Nazi official, Reichsminister for Armaments Albert Speer, told in his own words. The film has been officially selected for the Berlinale Special, and will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2020.

Credits

Crew

Director

Vanessa Lapa

Producers

Vanessa Lapa, Tomer Eliav

Co-Producers

Björn Koll, Felix Breisach

Associate Producer

Sylvain Goldberg

Executive Producers

Manu & Cathy Schöngut, Stanley Cohen, Johnny Kneller, Philippe Laub, Agnes Steinmetz, Yossi Landesman, Guido Hettinger, Guy Lavie, Koby Gal Raday, Danna Stern

Script

Vanessa Lapa, Joëlle Alexis

Editor

Joëlle Alexis

Sound Designer

Tomer Eliav

Original Score

Frank Ilfman

Line Producer

Jeremy Portnoi

Post Production Supervisor

Ori Tor

PR Manager

Shelly Rahminov

Post Production Coordinator

Adi Sela

Colorist

Yair Nahshon

A Production of Realworks
With the Support of Yes Docu, ORF, Makor Foundation For Israeli Films, Claims Conference, Mifal Hapais
im Verleih der Edition Salzgeber