Haunted by the recent inexplicable suicide of his wife Bella, renowned Israeli writer and Holocaust survivor Adam sets out on a journey through his dissolving memory in order to put their story in writing, before it is forever lost in his dementia.

Haunted by the recent inexplicable suicide of his wife Bella, renowned Israeli writer and Holocaust survivor Adam Schumacher decides to put Bella's story in writing and publish it as his final novel. As he is confronted with the onset of dementia, Adam reluctantly reaches out to Max Vérité, his former publisher and Bella's old lover. Together the writer and his one-time publisher set out on a journey through their memories of Bella, the child prodigy harpist they'd met in a convent in France, where they were hiding from the Nazis. But the more the story progresses, it becomes evident both have different, sometimes conflicting memories. While Max insists on the accuracy of the narrative, Adam allows a more fluid, intuitive remembering, which corresponds with his deteriorating condition. And so the story of Bella, Adam and Max is narrated back to life as a patchwork of both their mismatching memories, at times, a mere figment of their imagination, with all its beauty and pain.

Esther Friedrich
Director and Scriptwriter
Ron Segal

Target audience

16-49 years, arthouse audiences, also younger teens for educational programs

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Funding secured

MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Germany, 60.000 Euros Project Development Funding; Claims Conference, USA, 21.585 Euros Project Development Funding, BKM Commissioner for Culture and Media, Germany, 35.000 Euros Script Development Funding; CNC CVS Pilot, France, 80.000 Euros Pilot Funding; Region Grand EST, France, 20.000 Euros Development Funding; Grand Region, France, 10.000 Euros Development Funding; Region Occitanie, France, 21.000 Euros Development Funding; Special Touch Studios (Co-Producer), France, 120.000 Euros; Paul Thiltges Distribution (Co-Producer), Luxembourg, 80.000 Euros


CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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