'Beaufort' director reveals next film
Top Israeli film director ("Beaufort," "Campfire") Joseph Cedar's next film will tell the story of Veit Harlan, the leading German director who worked on behalf of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. As reported over the weekend on the Cinemascope blog, Cedar received the offer to direct the film from Rainer Grupe, a London producer of German origin who produced "Buffalo Soldiers".
The film will tell the story of Harlan, whose most famous film was "Jud Suss" (1940) which gave a vicious anti-Semitic slant to the 1925 book of the same name. The book, by German-Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger, tells the story of Joseph Suss Oppenheimer, an 18th-century Jew who was a financial adviser executed amid anti-Semitism. Cedar's new film will move between the two eras, following Harlan's production of "Jud Suss" and also reclaiming the story of Oppenheimer as a victim who was persecuted for his business success and religious faith.
The Variety newspaper reported over the weekend that the film would be shot in Berlin with a budget of $10-12 million. Cedar told Variety that Harlan's film is one of the most despicable films he has ever seen, but at the same time is brilliant.
"The story behind its production is so rich and complicated. It's about a director blinded by ambition who sold his soul to Goebbels and had to deal with the consequences of his decisions that stained him for the rest of his life," Cedar told the paper.
On Saturday night, Cedar flew with his family to Los Angeles in advance of the Oscar Awards ceremony. "Beaufort," which earned him a Silver Bear award at last year's Berlin Film Festival, is competing in the best foreign language film category.