Bruno (Max Mauff), a young German entomology student, arrives in Israel with a letter from his recently deceased mother to Avi, a German-Jewish kibbutznik, who Bruno believes to be his biological father, Albert. Initially hesitant, Albert (Rami Heuberger) soon reveals the dramatic circumstances leading to Bruno’s birth just after World War II.
In flashback, the film, then, follows Albert (Christian Friedel) desperately trying to hide from the Nazis in the Black Forest, as he is taken in by Fritz (Hans-Jochen Wagner), a brutish, hardworking peasant. Working together on Fritz’s farm, a friendship forms, and the childless Fritz makes a shocking request of Albert: to conceive an heir with his wife, Emma (Brigitte Hobmeier). Schlotterer’s stunning yet sparse cinematic style builds the tension and awkwardness to a peak of intensity in this powerful drama filled with passion, betrayal and jealousy.
Andrzej Gwozdz of The International Federation of Film Critics writes, “The interesting frame narrative keeps the viewer guessing right through to the end, and the masterful acting adds credibility to this tale stretched between an Isreaeli kibbutz in the 1970s and the German countryside during the war,” and George Heymont of The Huffington Post calls CLOSED SEASON “an extremely powerful suspense story about a bizarre love triangle in which no one can possibly triumph.”
Guest Speakers: Annette Insdorf, Author and Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University in conversation with Gwendolyn Bellmann, Screenwriter CLOSED SEASON
Presenting Sponsor: Seed the Dream Foundation
Lead Sponsors: Irv Borowsky and Laurie Wagman, The Honickman Foundation, and Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer and Joseph Neubauer
Film Sponsor: Suzanne and Norman Cohn
Community Partners: Philadelphia Film Society, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, The Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia