Coinciding with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Focus Features announced the release of Final Account, the documentary that was filmed, directed and produced by the late Luke Holland (I Was a Slave Labourer, Good Morning Mr. Hitler) over the course of ten years.
Final Account, an urgent portrait of the last living generation of everyday people to participate in Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, had its premiere at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, and will be released in the U.S. on May 21, 2021.
Over a decade in the making, Final Account raises vital, timely questions about authority, conformity, complicity and perpetration, national identity, and responsibility, as men and women ranging from former SS members to civilians in never-before-seen interviews reckon with – in very different ways – their memories, perceptions and personal appraisals of their own roles in the greatest human crimes in history.
Producers John Battsek and Riete Oord commented jointly, saying: “We couldn’t be prouder to have worked with Luke Holland on this film, which is a testament to him and his vision and talent as a filmmaker. It is our combined responsibility to make sure this film – his legacy – reaches as many people as possible, and we are thrilled to have Focus Features come on board with Participant and the entire filmmaking team in making that a reality.”