Magazine article Screen International

Austrian Director Stefan Ruzowitzky Returns to Subject of the Holocaust

Magazine article Screen International

Austrian Director Stefan Ruzowitzky Returns to Subject of the Holocaust

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Documentary project, now shooting, is based on Christopher Browning's Ordinary Men.

Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, who received the Foreign Language Oscar in 2008 for The Counterfeiters, has returned to the subject of the Holocaust for his first ever documentary which began shooting in the Ukraine on Monday.

The documentary essay Das Böse - Ganz Normale Männer also features reconstructed scenes which will see the film's DoP Benedikt Neuenfels developing a special visual language. Historical archive footage will also alternate with interviews with such internationally respected Holocaust researchers as Père Patrick Desbois, Christopher Browning and Robert Jay Lifton.

Based on Christopher Browning's bestseller Ordinary Men, Ruzowitzky's film focuses on a seldom treated chapter of the Holocaust by posing the question of how really normal people could become war criminals and how quickly people are prepared to give up all traces of humanity for conformity and uniformity. …

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