Having suddenly gone missing, young Laila Salama is not chosen to be Queen Esther at the Purim celebrations. This proves to be a quality that stands her in good stead when, later, she helps her father spy for MI6, the British intelligence agency. She goes on to infiltrate the Nazi regime’s highest echelons of power and is involved, in 1960, in the kidnapping of the war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who was later put on trial in Israel. There’s a catch however: Laila Salama doesn’t actually exist. Gabriel Lichtmann dedicates this exhaustive mockumentary, inclusive of interviews with "historians" and "eyewitnesses" as well as newsreel excerpts both bogus and genuine, to his fictitious heroine. Employing subtle irony this faux documentary ultimately reveals a secret about its central character whilst also asking questions as to the verifiability of biographical data, as well as about historical documents both genuine and bogus.
15.6. 21.30 Delphi Lux, followed by a discussion with Gabriel Lichtmann, director
18.6. 19.00 Passagekino, followed by a discussion with Gabriel Lichtmann, director