In the presence of: Daniël Biltereyst
There are places in Europe that have remained as painful memories of the past - factories where humans were turned into ash. These places are now memorial sites that are open to the public and receive thousands of tourists every year.
The film's title refers to the eponymous novel written by W.G. Sebald, dedicated to the memory of Holocaust. This lm is an observation of the visitors to a memorial site that has been founded on the territory of a former concentration camp. Why do they go there? What are they looking for?
"Few film-makers have ever segued back and forth between fiction and documentary, shorts and features, past and present, with the grace and skill of Ukraine's Sergei Loznitsa. 'Austerlitz' is a challenging but stimulating take on the present-day sites of Nazi atrocities." (Hollywood Reporter)