Dysphoria: Inside the Mind of a Holocaust Survivor

NEW DOCS

Ladislaus Löb was one of the lucky ones. Painfully shy, lonely, and persecuted, he was sent to a ghetto in Cluj, Transylvania, after his mother died of tuberculosis. He then spent the winter of 1944 in Bergen-Belsen with his father before ultimately landing in Switzerland as part of Reszö Kasztner’s deal with Adolf Eichmann to liberate almost 1,700 Hungarian Jews. More than 70 years later, student filmmaker Joseph Edward has created a rich and moving exploration of Löb’s earliest memories. Here, Löb plaintively recounts chilling elements of his childhood and recurring nightmares of bombers overhead—all the while pondering symptoms of dysphoria and wondering, more largely, if people ever really feel comfortable in their own skin. This arresting, haunting visual narrative combines compelling images of the landscapes of Marghita, Cluj-Napoca, Brighton, and Bergen-Belsen with Löb’s emotionally wrought memories of childhood to such vivid effect, you’ll be hard pressed to look away. WFM

Director

Joseph Edward

Producers

Faye Delahunt, Siân Sycamore

Executive Producers

Andrew Tindale-Paul, Hwei Tan

Editor

Siân Sycamore

Cinematographer

Joseph Edward

Release Year

2016

Festival Year

2017

Country

United Kingdom

Run Time

16 minutes

Subtitled

No

Premiere

World Premiere