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Three Minutes
A Lengthening

Directed by Bianca Stigter
Netherlands, UK
69 minutes
All Ages
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A recently-discovered three-minute film of a Polish town in 1938 is transformed into an expansive meditation on memory, erasure and the Holocaust. Venice 2021.
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).

BIANCA STIGTER is a Dutch filmmaker and writer. She was associate producer on Widows (2018) and 12 Years a Slave (2013).
An eloquent meditation on loss, memory and how film can shape them.
Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter
I hope you'll seek out Three Minutes, and let the weight of it all sink into your thoughts as those ghostly faces look back at you from all those decades ago.
Chris Evangelista, SlashFilm

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Program Strand
Europe! Voices of Women in Film
All Ages
Netherlands, UK
In English, Polish, German and Yiddish with English subtitles
Bianca Stigter
Floor Onrust
Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter
Bianca Stigter
Katharina Wartena
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, Documentary, Experimental, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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