Israeli 2-Team Productions and Polish Film Produkcja Team With Vandalo Colombia to Co-Produce “My Neighbor Adolf” Starring David Hayman and Udo Kier
Principal photography commences on January 28 in Colombia
Israeli 2-Team Productions and Polish Film Produkcja reveal their agreement with Vandalo Film Production for “My Neighbor Adolf”, starring David Hayman and Udo Kier. Leon Prudovsky,who co-wrote the screenplay with Dmitry Malinsky, will direct the Film.
“My Neighbor Adolf” is the story of Polsky, a lonely and grumpy Holocaust survivor, living in the Colombian countryside, who suspects that his new neighbor is... Adolf Hitler. Since nobody believes him, he embarks on a detective mission to find the evidence. Soon enough, he finds out that the only way to prove it, is to become his friend.
The film marks Kier’s return to work with European talents, following a number of successful English-language films, such as Armageddon and Blade. Hayman has already portrayed a Holocaust concentration camp inhabitant in the film “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”.
The film is produced by Haim Mecklberg, Estee Yacov-Mecklberg and Ygal Mograbi of 2-Team Productions (2016 Sundance Grand Jury Award winner “Sand Storm”,2014 Cannes Directors'Fortnight official selection "Next to Her",2014 Venice Audience Award winner “The Farewell Party”) and Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska (“High Life”, “Citizen Jones”) and Staszek Dziedzic of Film Produkcja (2019 Berlinale Competition “Citizen Jones”) in association with Juan Pablo Lasserre, Diego Conejero and Julio Cesar Gaviria of Vandalo Colombia and Moshe Edery of United King Films. It is supported by Rabinovitch Film Fund, Polish Film Institute and Colombian Film Fund.
The entire compound of both 2-story houses, yards, fences and paths is being constructed for the film in the area of Medellin, Colombia, where the principal photography is slated to begin on January 28th .
"We come from three different continents and three different cultures. But there's one thing that united us to cooperate and, at times, fight for the production of this film. It is our love of cinema. Our love for films that say something about the human existence without being too pretentious, films that describe people in difficult situations but tend to do it with a generous smile, films that even when boasting grumpy, unfriendly, old characters are doing it with the utmost sympathy towards their protagonist and even their antagonists, since they are all human".
"My Neighbor Adolf is a comedy. Because a Holocaust survivor, who believes his new neighbor is Hitler, is comic. Because an old man obsessively conducting an absurd investigation is comic. But then again, the story is more of a tragedy. Because loneliness is tragic. Because demonizing your neighbor is tragic. Because not being able to put the traumatic past behind you is tragic. And this is almost a thriller, though the real dramatic question of the film is not about the new neighbor’s true identity, but whether the two lonely old men can overcome their prejudices and suspicions and build a friendship based on their common humanity. "