Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh preview: Close to Evil


The 25th Galway Film Fleadh (9 – 14 July, 2013)

Close to Evil

Saturday, 13th July



Gerry Gregg’s 2008 documentary Till the Tenth Generation followed Tomi Reichental, one of two surviving Holocaust victims living in Ireland, as he returned to Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp to face the horrors of his past. Five years later, Gerry Gregg’s sequel, Close to Evil, follow’s Tomi’s quest to find one of the SS guards who kept him captive, and will premiere this Saturday at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh.

Gerry Gregg told Film Ireland, ‘The occasion of a ‘World Premiere’ at the Galway Film Fleadh allows us to demonstrate that strong stories can be told when a group of dedicated film makers get together and make something worthwhile that will stand the test of time. When that deeply satisfying and exciting moment will come to pass next Saturday afternoon, when the lights fade in the Cinemobile and the first images flash on the screen, regardless of what happens afterwards, we will have delivered on our promise to Tomi’.

In 1945, Tomi Reichental was nine years old and starving to death in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where 35 members of his family lost their lives. Close to Evil follows him in his quest to shake the hand of Hilde Lisiewicz, who was one of the SS guards kept Tomi and his family captive. Along the way he reveals a dark secret that Hilde has long kept hidden.

Tickets are available to book from the Town Hall Theatre on 091 569777, or at


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