In an incredible look into Adolf Eichmann’s final days, June Zero’s writer and director Jake Paltrow creates a period drama that explores the impact of the Nazi war criminal’s 1962 execution.
The film is told from a bricolage of perspectives: a quick-witted Libyan immigrant child, a disheartened Moroccan prison guard, and a Polish Holocaust survivor who is rightfully tortured by the past. June Zero faces the Holocaust in a commendable and fascinating new way, reflecting on the identity of the Jewish homeland and capturing it all on 16mm film.
The film, shot in Israel and Ukraine, delves into how people live through the present, even though the ever-present catastrophes of the past loom over every moment. Its warm saturation and the choice of analog make it artful and cinematic in its very form. A nominee for Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s Jury Prize Competition and one that should not be missed.