7/10 (IMDB)

Three Minutes: A Lengthening

1h 09m Documentary
Three Minutes: A Lengthening
Three Minutes: A Lengthening


THREE MINUTES - A LENGTHENING presents a home movie shot by David Kurtz in 1938 in a Jewish town in Poland and tries to postpone its ending. As long as we are watching, history is not over yet. The three minutes of footage, mostly in colour, are the only moving images left of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk before the Holocaust. The existing three minutes are examined to unravel the stories hidden in the celluloid. The footage is imaginatively edited to create a film that lasts more than an hour. Different voices enhance the images. Glenn Kurtz, grandson of David Kurtz, provides his knowledge of the footage. Maurice Chandler, who appears in the film as a boy, shares his memories. Actress Helena Bonham Carter narrates the film essay.


Bianca Stigter


Helena Bonham Carter






Netherlands, United Kingdom


English, Polish, German, Yiddish

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  • "A powerful, essential piece of filmmaking."
    - RogerEbert.com
  • "An original and incisive meditation on history, memory, memorials and the very nature of celluloid."
    - Variety
  • "A reminder of what a magical medium film is - how unique it is in its ability to capture so many moments and so much life."
    - IndieWire
  • "An eloquent meditation on loss, memory and how film can shape them."
    - Hollywood Reporter
  • "There is a lengthening here - but also a shortening of the emotional distance between us the viewer and those caught on camera."
    - Eye for Film
  • "THREE MINUTES: A LENGTHENING illustrates the devastating impact of genocide by bringing life back from these fleeting framed moments. "
    - WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
  • "These images become foreboding, soulful, tragic."
    - The Film Stage
  • "Three Minutes ultimately serves as an adept filmic take on the book it's informed by, functioning as an important, loving memorial."
    - In Review Online


  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival


  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Venice Film Festival - Giornate degli Autori
  • Philadelphia Int'l Film Festival
  • Int'l Documentary Festival Amsterdam
  • Cleveland Int'l Film Festival
  • Provincetown Int'l Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • IDFA in Groningen
  • Göteborg Film Festival.