|29.02. / Wednesday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5|
'Human Remains' illustrates the banality of evil through portraits of five 20th century dictators. It reveals details from personal lives of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Francisco Franco and Mao Zedong, sharing with us their innermost feelings, little things from everyday life, such as their favorite dishes, movies, habits and sexual preferences. Their public lives and their roles in the history are not mentioned here. Although this ghastly information is intentionally omitted, its sinister presence can be felt in the film.
Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980 and has completed over thirty films. His films have received over 100 awards and have screened throughout the world. His most recent films screened for a week at MoMA, and eight of his films have been screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Jay is a recipient of a Guggenheim, USA Artists and a Rockefeller Fellowship. He is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and served on the Executive Committee for 9 years. Jay is originally from New York and has lived in San Francisco for many years. For more than 20 years he was a film and video production instructor at various film schools, including Stanford University, S.F. State University, and the San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently the Program Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. He has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and, in a former life, worked as a therapist.
1998, 30', color/bw, video
Festivals & Awards:
Sundance Film Festival – Jury Award; International Documentary Association – Distinguished Documentary Award; Hamptons International Film Festival - Best Short Film; Aspen Shortsfest – Best Documentary; Vila do Conde Short Film Festival - Grand Prize, Documentary; Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival – Best Documentary; Black Maria Film & Video Festival – Juror's Choice Award; Odense Film Festival – Best Nouvelle/Experimental Film; Humboldt International Film Festival – Best Experimental Film; Museum of Modern Art - SECA Award; Chicago Underground Film Festival – Silver Award, Experimental; Palm Springs International Short Film Festival - Honorable Mention; Ann Arbor Film Festival - Honorable Mention; Carolina Film & Video Festival - Honorable Mention; Medfilm Festival - Special Mention
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