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Technical specs

Duration: 1h55

Year: 2021

Genre: documentary

Implementation :  Patrick Sobelman and Hugo Sobelman

Screenplay: Patrick Sobelman and

Hugo Sobelman

Production: GoGoGo Films  

Ex nihilo

Distributer :  ADVITAM
International Seller:
  MK2 Movies

Funding: CNC, Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah, Rothschild Foundation, CNC aid after completion

Theatrical release: February 9, 2022



In 1994, Patrick Sobelman records his grandmother Golda Maria Tondovska in her house.

In front of the camera, her memories come back, from her childhood in Poland to her life as a woman in France, delivering to us the living testimony of a Jewish woman born in 1910, her voyage across the century and the horror she’s had to live through.

In 2020, Patrick and his son Hugo translated this intimate testimony into a universal and essential film.



Patrick Sobelman is a french movie director born in 1956 in Paris. Co-foundator of the production company Ex Nihilo in 1984, he has been affiliated with AGAT Films & Cie since 1993. He produced more than fifty movies, most of which were selected for prestigious festivals, such as The Summer House by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Venise 2018), or The Together Project by Solveig Anspach (Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes 2016 - SACD Price).


Born in 1988, Hugo Sobelman is a french movie director based in Paris. He started his career as a stage assistant on movie sets such as Queen of Montreuil (Venice Days, Mostra de Venise 2012). He then worked as a freelance cameraman and editor in Paris and London for Ad Vitam, Agat Films, Rectangle and The Bureau.

He made his debut as a movie director from 2014 by working on a dozen of musical clips for the independent label X-Ray. Between the years 2018 and 2020, Hugo directs his first two feature films, both documentaries : Golda Maria, which aired in world premiere at the Berlinale 2020, and Soul Kids, which won the Jury price of the F.A.M.E. Festival and was elected best musical documentary by the SACEM. Both movies should be released in 2021.

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Patrick Grumberg

"Golda tells us that we must live, and if necessary survive, and above all that we must pass on and pass on again so that those who survive us will have the same determination, the same courage, the same desire to make films as a family, the family of humans, which will also triumph over the new barbarities that will not fail to appear in history"

Cinema Notebooks

"A film of immediate historical force" 

“This family film acquires a universal scope”

Cinema Files

  “A precious, staggering, intimate and universal testimony”  


“Elegant, precise, essential”

“A gripping story”

“Intimate and universal”  


Le Figaro

"At a time when some people's memory is failing on the tragedy of the Jewish deportations in France, this intimate documentary is a useful work. »


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