Documentary Features Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Philippe Sands and Interviews with Two Sons of High Ranking Nazi Officials


NEW YORK (April 16, 2015) – It was announced today that Altitude Film Distribution has acquired the UK rights for the feature length documentary A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did ahead of its premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Altitude distributed 2014’s feature documentary Oscar winner, 20 Feet From Stardom.


A Nazi Legacy follows eminent human rights lawyer and author Philippe Sands and two sons of high-ranking Nazi officials, Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter.  For Frank and Von Wachter, the journey involves a confrontation with the acts of their Nazi fathers. For Sands, it means visiting the places where much of his own Jewish family was killed under orders of the fathers of the two men he has come to know. It is an emotional, psychological exploration of three men wrestling with their past, present Europe - and conflicting versions of the truth.  The film is directed by David Evans (Emmy nominated forDownton Abbey), edited by David Charap (VirungaMy Summer Of Love) and produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey (Brooklyn; Oscar-nominated for An Education) from Wildgaze Films in association with the BFI and BBC Storyville.


Both men see their fathers very differently; their encounters and their own testimonies are fascinating, provocative and moving. With them we travel to their family homes in Austria and Germany, a castle in Krakow where Hans Frank was ‘King of Poland’, as well as Lemberg in the Ukraine where their fathers governed, and where Philippe learns that their fathers' actions led directly to his own Jewish family's fate. The film includes exclusive access to extraordinary unprecedented archive footage - Frank's family home movies - which go right to the heart of the Nazi regime from a family perspective, including 'day trips' to the Krakow ghetto. It is the first time this footage will have been seen in public. This archive has now been donated to the Holocaust Museum for future generations.


Will Clarke and Hamish Moseley of Altitude said, “We are proud to have picked up David Evans’ powerful and compelling film on the eve of its world premiere at Tribeca. Finola, Amanda and the team at Wildgaze have produced a timely and important documentary with themes that speak to all of us and it will be an honour putting the film in front of a broad UK audience.”


Producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey said, “We couldn't be happier to have Altitude as our UK distributors on A Nazi Legacy, their passion and commitment to reaching audiences is second to none. We look forward to working with Hamish and the team once again.” Worldwide rights are being handled by the Film Sales Company in New York. FSC’s President Andrew Herwitz has indicated that there has already been tremendous domestic and foreign interest in the film based on the description of the film and says he “looks forward to robust sales”.




The Altitude Film Entertainment group comprises Altitude Film Production led by Will Clarke chairman and joint-CEO with Andy Mayson; Altitude Film Sales with Managing Director, Mike Runagall; and Altitude Film Distribution with Head of Distribution, Hamish Moseley.


Launched in 2014, Altitude Film Distribution’s first release was the acclaimed Oscar-winning documentary, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM which was followed by Sundance and Cannes film festival champion, FRUITVALE STATION as well as Abel Ferrara's headline grabbing, WELCOME TO NEW YORK. Most recently Altitude have released Ira Sach's critically lauded LOVE IS STRANGE.  Upcoming releases for 2015 include international espionage thriller, SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD,  Asif Kapadia’s hotly anticipated Amy Winehouse profile, AMY , from the creative team behind SENNA and BOLSHOI BABYLON, the latest film from MAN ON WIRE / SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN producer Simon Chinn; a fascinating behind-the-scenes portrait of Moscow's world famous Bolshoi Theatre, rocked by internal intrigue and scandal.



Wildgaze Films is run by Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. Their upcoming film Brooklynpremiered at Sundance in January 2015 to great critical acclaim and will be released by Fox Searchlight in the US in the autumn. Brooklyn is based on Colm Toibin’s award-winning novel of the same name, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby, directed by John Crowley (Boy A;Intermission), with Saoirse Ronan starring in the lead role. Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent also star.


Among their many other credits are An Education, starring Carey Mulligan in her breakout role, which was nominated for 3 Academy Awards (including Best Film), 9 BAFTAs (including Best Film and Best British Film, winning Best Actress), and winner of Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards; A Long Way Down based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby, adapted by Jack Thorne, directed by Pascal Chaumeil and starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul & Imogen Poots; and Finola produced Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debutQuartet, written by Ronald Harwood, starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connelly & Pauline Collins.