On 1 November 2005 the United Nations designated 27 January, the date of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Five years earlier the Italian Republic had established on the same date a commemoration day for the victims of the Holocaust (Giorno della Memoria). The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Sydney will commemorate the occasion by screening Mauro Caputo’s 2014 docu-film L’orologio di Monaco (Munich’s Clock), deriving from the short-story collection by Giorgio Pressburger. The event, 6-8pm on 27 January, is free but booking is essential.
L’orologio di Monaco is the story of a central European family in which some of the names of the greatest protagonists of the last two centuries of history converge: Karl Marx, Heinrich Heine, Felix Mendelssohn, Edmund Husserl, Emeric Pressburger. The narrator (Giorgio Pressburger) relives the memories and events that have led him to discover “what it really means to belong to a human community of dead and living people“. The film, based on true stories, includes live footage from the Istituto Luce Cinecittà as well as original video material by the film director Emeric Pressburger, made available by his nephew, the Scottish director and Oscar prize winner Kevin MacDonald.