La Mémoire des Enfants - Remembering the Childrena film by Hannes Gellner & Thomas Draschan
La Mémoire des Enfants
DOCUMENTARY | 2007 | Austria, France | 74 min | Color | HDV
France 1942 – 1944. The Deportation of thousands of jewish children towards Nazi-concentration camps depicted from the point of view of those concerned. Six survivors talk about their deportation, how they outlived Auschwitz, respectively how they succeeded in hiding from the Nazi-regime that killed their families. These witnesses combine personal fate with historical facts. Vehemently they point out the responsibility of the Vichy-regime. Furthermore the acquainted Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld reminds us of the protruding participation of Austrian Nazis in executing the “final solution” in France.
Director: Hannes Gellner & Thomas DraschanScreenplay: Hannes Gellner, Thomas DraschanCamera: Hannes Gellner, Thomas DraschanEditing: Hannes Gellner, Thomas Draschan
Production: Draschan / Gellner
Funding: Oberösterreich Kultur, Stadt Wien
Worldsales: Sixpack Film / www.sixpackfilm.com
Crossing Europe Linz
Warsaw Jewish Motifs Filmfestival
Jérusalem Jewish Film Festival
Cork Film Festival 2008
Born in Vienna, Austria in 1969.
1995 - 1998 National Highschool of Fine Arts Frankfurt: Film
1992 - 1995 National Highschool of Applied Arts Vienna: Painting
1989 - 1992 University of Vienna: Theaterart
2007 La Mémoire des Enfants-Remembering the Children. co-dir: Thomas Draschan.
2006 Freud at the Baths. co-dir: Sebastian Brameshuber.
2006 Sweet Success
2005 "Télé Vérité Autriche". With Hubsi Kramar.
2000 "Il faut y aller": documentary on the protest movement against nationalists in the Austrian government. Awarded at the Festival of Austrian Film (Most Innovative Movie)
2000 - 2002 Filmteacher at the Centre des Amandiers, Paris.
Director for the Algerian TV-station BRTV and Rosny TV, Paris.
Director of several films on command in Paris: for the dance companies Nawal Benabdallah, l'Autre Danse and Nakissa, the humanitarian organisations Les Petits Freres des Pauvres and Action Against Hunger, the Jewish boarding school Cite d'Education Sinai, the Algerian comedian Fellag and the festival-director Rachid Doufene. In Vienna: Film for the Ministry of Social Affairs .
Thomas Draschan is one of Austria´s most prolific experimental filmmakers. He is also directing commercials and music videos. Draschan´s work is mostly based on very rapid editing of found footage material, digging deep into the past of the visual heritage of western society.
1967 born in Linz, Austria
2005 The influence of ocular light perception on metabolism in man and in animal, 16mm, 6min, colour, sound (mit Stella Friedrichs)
2005 Melhor contribuicao a linguagem cinematografica, Recine Archive Film Festival
© Hannes Gellner & Thomas Draschan, KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production