|Director & Producer:||Vanessa Lapa|
|In Co-Production with:||Felix Breisach Medienwerkstatt, ORF, MDR, WDR|
|Associated Producers:||Barbara and Martin Schlaff, Guido Hettinger|
|With the Support of:||yes docu, Makor Foundation for Israeli Films, The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, Highbrow|
|Editors:||Sharon Brook, Noam Amit|
|Country:||Israel, Austria, Germany|
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Berlinale 2014 Panorama (9 February): World Premiere
- DocumentaMadrid 2014 (4 May)
- Filmkunstfest MV (8 May)
- DOK. Fest Munich 2014 (10 May)
- Filmtage Augsburg 2014 (11 May)
- Planete + Doc Film Festival (Warsaw) 2014 (13 May)
- Jerusalem FF 2014 (16 July): Best Documentary Award
- Telluride Film Festival 2014
- Jameson Cinefest (in competition), Miskolc, Hungary (16 September)
- Bergen International Film Festival (in competition) (24 September)
- Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (in competition) (26 September)
- Reykjavik International Film Festival (25 September)
- Vancouver International Film Festival (28 September)
- New York City Release: Film Forum (1-14 October)
- 2015 FOCAL International Awards nominee for Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release and The Jane Mercer Footage Researcher of the Year Award
Vanessa was also on the Israeli side of the production and content for the 52-minute documentary “Straddling the Fence” (USA, 2003) directed by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, which aired worldwide. In 2007, she founded the Tel Aviv-based independent documentary film production company Realworks Ltd.
"A fabulous excursion into the deep mystery of evil"
"Novelty value - a film that doubtless will intrigue a diverse cross-section of academics, historians and history buffs. It commands interest, provokes thought and offers insight by fashioning an up-close and personal portrait of the man largely responsible for designing and operating that monstrous machine, and by illuminating the motivations and rationalizations that could not have been his alone."
Joe Leydon, Variety
Director Vanessa Lapa in a television interview on Arise America
"'The Decent One' is a rare film that at once advances the form of historical documentaries while simultaneously telling a riveting story from a new and wholly unanticipated and unexpected perspective. It features a wealth of new archival material, but it puts those images and voices to work in a novel way--the film is intimate, human, suspenseful, and terrifying, its momentum guided by individual self-delusion and the awful weight and fact of history."
Ken Burns, Filmmaker
The Hollywood Reporter, 17.2.14
"Extraordinary: no narrator tells us what to think"
Berliner Morgenpost, Germany, 9.2.14
"Fascinating harmony between sound and picture"
Der Tagesspiegel, Germany, 12.02.14
"With it [the movie] we learn a bit more about the character of one of the most important Nazi leaders and we make the discovery that the maximum atrocities may arise from a rational mind."
La Razón, Spain, 28.4.14
"Lapa’s film is certainly a history lesson that will be worth the time of people. It’s certainly a lesson that aims to humanize the figure of Himmler in a way that doesn’t necessarily render him more human."
Cinecola, Ireland, 25.2.14
"Engrossing. How he made the journey from an ordinary middle-class man to Hitler’s henchman is a fascinating story. The assembly of footage – weaving Himmler’s archival material with wartime footage – and the voiceovers make for gripping viewing… moments of real power"
Mark Adams, Screen Daily, 25.2.2014
Academy Awards and Emmy Awards winner, Errol Morris, about the Importance of The Decent One - Q&A at Brandeis University (6 November)
"...an official submission for the 2015 Academy Awards in the category of Best Documentary feature... this compelling documentary reveals the secret personal writings and photographs from the private collection of Nazi Gestapo Chief Heinrich Himmler"
Katharine Kramer, The Huffington Post