Short Film // 3 min 30 sec // 2012 // Comedy
Director Gregory Erdstein
Written by Gregory Erdstein & Alice Foulcher
Produced by Alice Foulcher
Director of Photography Ryan Alexander Lloyd
Starring Janine Watson & Alice Foulcher
“A chilling reminder of the vacuity of Gen Y, or an utterly tasteless, unforgivable account of Jewish history? … one of those films that polarises audiences and gets people talking.” The Age Newspaper, Melbourne.
Lou has an awesome story about Auschwitz.
“Based on a True Story”
In November 2010 filmmakers Gregory Erdstein and Alice Foulcher travelled to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum in Oświęcim, Poland. They were both struck by the strange dichotomy of one of history’s most horrific massacre sites now functioning as a tourist destination. Of particular note was the the behaviour of a young Norwegian woman in their tour group. She carelessly took photos of everything — including in areas where photography wasn’t permitted (e.g. a room of human hair recovered from Holocaust victims). While waiting for the bus back to Kraków, a young man travelling on his own from New Zealand confessed that during the tour the woman had also asked for his phone number.”Is that appropriate?” he asked Erdstein and Foulcher. Picking Up at Auschwitz attempts to answer his question.
Festivals: 2012 St Louis International Film Festival, 2012 Chicago International REEL Short Film Festival, 2012 St Kilda FIlm Festival, 2013 Byron Bay Film Festival, 2013 Angry Film Festival, 2013 Flickerfest International Film Festival.
Nominated for Best Comedy – St Kilda Film Festival 2012.
Broadcast on SBS TV Shorts on Screen.