Simon, a grandson of Holocaust survivors, is happiest in the Doctors Without Borders encampment to which he was assigned three years ago in war-torn Africa. Emergency and desperation are somehow his natural habitat. All this changes when Ana, another MD, shows up for duty.
Fast-forward eight months to July 1994. Ana and Simon are engaged and en route to Ana’s native Argentina to meet her family. In the sumptuous haze of wine-soaked afternoons, Simon begins to notice glaring peculiarities. The light Ana brings into his life darkens as household mementos – specters of a Nazi past – force Simon to become an investigator unmasking old lies camouflaged by the family’s pedigree and estate.
Now Simon must risk what he prizes most to right decades-old wrongs that haunt his family and Ana’s.
Is their love a perverse mutation of the past or is it the perfect redemption?
An international thriller with compelling romantic narrative underpinnings, similar to classics like Casablanca, Chinatown, and, recently, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Edelweiss occupies a proven genre.
While the story may hold inherent draw for audiences who care about Jewish identity and prosecution of Nazi-era war criminals, the smart, sexy protagonists, terrific villains, foreign locales, historical setting, and shocking, violent conclusion will resonate with audiences broadly across generations and demographics.
It is only now that we can say the generation that engineered and survived the Shoah 70 years ago is dying out. Through the thematic exploration of remembrance, intergenerational trauma, and justice, this film will be an honest and provocative voice in the conversation about how the past relates to our current world.
About the Filmmakers
BEN SHARONY, WRITER/DIRECTOR
Music was Ben’s entry to filmmaking. After scoring numerous projects (commercials, documentaries, shorts and a feature), he made the short film Last Words of the Holy Ghost, which garnered multiple awards and screened festivals including Austin, LA Shorts, Atlanta, Mexico and Lucerne. He has devoted the past three years to bringing Edelweiss to the screen, researching, traveling to Argentina, meeting with experts, and developing the screenplay.
NICK GARRISON, PRODUCER
Nick has been writing and producing commercials, music videos, and films since college, where he co-wrote and produced Domino One. Nick’s writing has earned him notice as a writer-to-watch and recognition on “The Blacklist” of best unproduced screenplays.
MIGGEL SCHWICKERATH, CO-PRODUCER
An acclaimed producer, Miggel began producing films in Europe, before expanding his career in the US and South America. His credits include The Informers, All The Queen’s Men, Bad Intentions, and Golden Globe-nominated Igby Goes Down.
ERICA FRAUMAN, CO-PRODUCER
With 20 years of experience as a post-production supervisor, working with directors including Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Terrence Malick, Erica’s credits include Best Picture nominees Saving Private Ryan, There Will Be Blood and The Tree of Life.
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