Half the Town

a film by Pawel Siczek

Half the Town

Germany | 2015 | 86:00 min

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Crossmedia Documentary
Der Film „Die Hälfte der Stadt“ erzählt die Geschichte des jüdischen Fotografen und Gemeindepolitikers Chaim Berman. Vor dem Ausbruch des 2. Weltkrieges engagiert er sich für ein friedliches Nebeneinander von Polen, Juden und Deutschen in seiner polnischen Heimatstadt, doch seine weltoffene Haltung wird ihm bald zum Verhängnis…
The film HALF THE TOWN tells the story of Jewish photographer and municipal politician Chaim Berman. Before World War Two broke out, he was actively engaged in a peaceful coexistence of Poles, Jews, and Germans in his Polish hometown. But before too long, his cosmopolitan attitude turned into a personal disaster…
The elaborate animation - inspired by the works of painter Marc Chagall - brings a long since forgotten world back to life. Photographer Berman’s legacy of approximately 10,000 portraits on glass negatives are the basis for a film that attempts to reconstruct the life of its creator. HALF THE TOWN takes the viewers on a journey through the tides of a turbulent European century and tells the moving story of a man whose beliefs were more advanced than the world he lived in…
Cast and Crew
  • Director Pawel Siczek
  • Producer Nicole Leykauf, Grit Wißkirchen
  • Director of Photography Daniel Samer
  • Editor Ulrike Tortora
  • Score Roman Bunka
  • Animation Agnieszka Kruczek, Dorota Gorski

highly recommended

Production Company
Leykauf Film GmbH & Co. KG
Tengstr. 43, 80796 München

Phone: +49 89 27272164

Balance Film GmbH
Friedrichstr. 14, 01067 Dresden

Phone: +49 351 4903780

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