Filmmaker Luke Holland (who sadly passed away last year) interviews nearly 300 elderly perpetrators and witnesses of the Holocaust from the Nazi side.
His goal was to create an urgent and definitive portrait of the last living generation of everyday people who participated in Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.
Here’s the official US trailer:
The official synopsis for Final Account reads:
“Final Account is an urgent portrait of the last living generation of everyday people to participate in Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Over a decade in the making, the film raises vital, timely questions about authority, conformity, complicity and perpetration, national identity, and responsibility, as men & women ranging from former SS members to civilians in never-before-seen interviews reckon with – in very different ways – their memories, perceptions and personal appraisals of their own roles in the greatest human crimes in history.”
Final Account is directed by British photographer/filmmaker Holland, making his feature directorial debut. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2020 aged 71 after finishing the film.
The archive of his work from the film will be housed at University College London, the Wiener Holocaust library in London and the INA (the National Audiovisual Institute) in Paris.
Final Account initially premiered at the Venice Film Festival and IDFA last year and was praised very highly. This documentary looks damn good.
Focus Features will release Holland’s Final Account in select theaters starting on May 21st.