All poster images courtesy of the Lotte Meitner-Graf Archive
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'An Atmospheric, thoughtful and celebratory film' - The Daily Telegraph
A Capriol Films production
Through Lotte's Lens tells the extraordinary story of the ‘Hitler Émigrés’, the refugees – mainly Jewish who escaped the Nazi regime in the 1930s and found refuge in the UK. Despite many of them being interned on the Isle of Man after war broke out, they brought a richness of endeavour and achievement to this country that still resonates today. Musicians, actors, artists, architects, scientists, historians shared a belief in the power of democracy and a loyalty to the country that had welcomed them.
Told through the portal of Austrian portrait photographer; Lotte Meitner-Graf, this is a story which is both engaging and thought provoking and the film’s epilogue, featuring the extraordinary sculptures of Ana Maria Pacheco underlines the contemporary resonance of the plight of the immigrant and the importance of nations closing neither their eyes nor their doors.
NB: The producers would like to apologise that at one point in the narrative; artist Kurt Schwitters is described as Jewish, which is not actually the case.
For more information about the photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf, please visit www.lottemeitnergraf.com
Music Featured in Through Lotte's Lens:
Twenty-Four Fugues for Piano, Opus 108 – Various Movements, Music by Hans Gál. Published by Boosey and Hawkes. Performed on Avie Records by Leon McCawley.
Vagabundenlied - Lyrics – Jura Soyfer, Music – Jimmy Berg, Copyright Control, by kind permission of Mrs Trude Berg. Performed by Julian Forsyth and Tony Britten.
Mooragh - Lyrics - F.F. Bieber, Music – Peter Gellhorn, Copyright Control, by kind permission of the Gellhorn family. Performed by Ensemble Émigré.
String Quartet in A minor, Opus 51 No 2 - Music - Johannes Brahms, Master owned by Deutsche Gramophone. Performed by The Amadeus Quartet, Piatti Quartet.
Huyton Suite, Opus 92 - Music – Hans Gál, Published by Boosey and Hawkes. Performed by Philippa Davies, Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, Michael Trainor.
Frauensong, from ‘What a life’ - Lyrics – Richard Hutter, Music by Hans Gál, Copyright Control, by kind permission of Eva Fox-Gál. Performed by Norbert Meyn.
Ballade vom Deutschen Refugee, from ‘What a Life’ - Lyrics – Otto Deutsch, Music – Hans Gál, Copyright Control, by kind permission of Eva Fox-Gál. Performed by Simon Wallfisch and Norbert Mey.
Der Song vom Stacheldraht, from ‘What a Life’ - Lyrics – Richard Hutter, Music Hans Gál, Copyright Control, by kind permission of Eva Fox-Gál. Performed by Norbert Meyn and Simon Wallfisc.
Der Song vom Doppelbett, from ‘What a Life’ - Lyrics – Richard Hutter, Music – Han Gál, Copyright control, by kind permission of Eva Fox-Gál. Performed by Norbert Meyn and Simon Wallfisc.
‘Machina’ from Die Grünen Clowns - Music – Adda Heynssen. Performed by Sam Li.
‘Ursonate’ - by Kurt Schwitters. Performed by Ensemble Émigré.
Suite for Violoncello Solo, Opus 109b – Cavatina - Music by Hans Gál , Published by Boosey and Hawkes. Performed by on Avie Records by Matthew Sharp .
9 March 2018 - Norfolk filmmakers behind documentary about refugees who fled the Nazis - Eastern Daily Press
Through Lotte's Lens has been screened on Sky Arts and is available now on DVD.
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