An Author's Retrospective: Jay Rosenblatt


Jay Rosenblatt
Screening time  
01.03. / Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
When he was nine, Jay Rosenblatt lost his little brother. That personal story is the starting point of this film.

When he was nine, Jay Rosenblatt lost his little brother. His parents could not cope with the loss and the whole family was feeling great pain. This personal story is the starting point of the film 'Phantom Limb'. Were it about bereavement or divorce, we all go through the same stages of mourning. Some face pain by denying it, some are angry, depressed; finally, there follows acceptance of a sort, which leads to healing. In this poetical documentary, Rosenblatt interviews a graveyard owner, a patient whose limb has been cut off and an author of a book about life after death, reminding viewers that sadness is a painful and isolating experience, some kind of a reminder about finality of life.


Jay Rosenblatt

Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980 and has completed over twenty-five films. His work explores our emotional and psychological cores. They are personal in their content yet universal in their appeal. His films have received over 100 awards and have screened throughout the world. Eight of his films have been at the Sundance Film Festival and several of his films have shown on HBO/Cinemax, the Independent Film Channel and the Sundance Channel. ZagrebDox screened many of his films in International Competition, My Best Dox, and in the author's retrospective in 2012, when Rosenblatt held a masterclass.

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2005, 28', color/bw, video

Directed by:
Jay Rosenblatt

Screenplay by:
Jay Rosenblatt

Ara Corbett, Todd Curtis, Jay Rosenblatt

Arvo Pärt, Eliane Radigue

Jay Rosenblatt

Festivals & Awards:

Black Maria Film & Video Festival – First Prize; Florida Film Festival – Best Short Documentary; Belgrade Documentary Film Festival - Best Documentary; IndieLisboa – Onda Curta Short Film Award; Seattle International Film Festival - Special Jury Award; Humboldt International Film Festival - Juror's Choice Award; Ann Arbor Film Festival – Honorable Mention; Prends ça court – Best International Short; Festival dei Popoli – Special Mention Award; Imago Film Festival –  Special Mention Award; Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement - Special Mention Award; Punto de Vista Festival - Special Mention Award; International Documentary Association –  Distinguished Documentary Award Nomination