|At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades after immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger, hoped to save some sentimental mementos from the accumulated ephemera of a lifetime. In the process, he found some letters and photos suggesting his grandparents’ friendship with Nazi leader Leopold von Mildenstein. His film becomes a chronicle of the unexpected yet inevitable ethical ambiguities and repressed emotions that arise when everyday friendships cross enemy lines.
In his award-winning, emotionally riveting documentary, The Flat, Goldfinger follows the hints his grandparents left behind to investigate long-buried family secrets and unravel the mystery of their painful past. The result is a moving family portrait and an insightful look at the ways different generations deal with the memory of the Holocaust.|