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Austria, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Documentaries)

Director: André Heller

Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (Im Toten Winkel: Hitlers Sekretärin)

Austria'I have finally let go of my story. Now I feel the world is letting go of me.'Traudl Junge, Hitler's secretary

After keeping silent for over half a century, 81-year-old Traudl Junge finally tells her remarkable story of working alongside Hitler during his final years. Eschewing all form of stylish embellishment, the filmmakers rely entirely on the compelling force of this woman and her stunning tale.

From 1942 until Hitler's suicide in 1945, Junge was one of the Fuhrer's private secretaries, working alongside him until the final, fateful days in his fortified Berlin bunker as the Third Reich was collapsing above. One of only a handful of witnesses to Hitler's last day'The doomed leader dictated his last will and testament to her'Junge's recollections are both highly personal and revelatory. Succumbing to cancer mere hours after Blind Spot had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, Junge emerges in this portrait as a woman haunted by her turbulent past.

'Fascinating and provocative, Blind Spot represents an invaluable historical footnote that also plays beautifully as a modern morality tale.'The Hollywood Reporter

D André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer P Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker WS Dor Film Productions L German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/Col/2002/90mins

André Heller was born in Vienna, Austria in 1947. Films include: Meschen am Zentral (1978).

Othmar Schmiderer was born in Lofer, Austria in 1954. Films include: Mobile Stabile (1991), Am Stein (1996).

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