A team of Montreal filmmakers struck Oscar gold Sunday night when their film "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" won the best documentary short award.
It was co-produced by Montreal's Frederic Bohbot and directed by Malcolm Clarke, an Englishman who has lived and worked in Montreal since the mid-1990s. A handful of other Montrealers helped make the film, including director of photography Kieran Crilly, editor Carl Freed and composer Luc St-Pierre.
The film's subject, Alice Herz-Sommer, was presumed to be the world's oldest Holocaust survivor and the world's oldest piano player when she died last week at the age of 110. She spent two years in a Nazi prison camp, and credits her devotion to music and to her son with helping her survive.
“This really is for Alice,” Clarke says in accepting his award. “She was a woman who taught everyone on our crew to be a little bit more optimistic and a little bit more happy about the things going on in our lives. See the film; she’ll help you live a much happier life.”
It's Clarke's second Oscar win. He won in the same category in 1989 for a film called You Don't Have To Die, about a child battling cancer. He was also nominated in 2003 in the documentary feature category for Prisoner of Paradise, about Holocaust victim Kurt Gerron.
Below is Dave Kaufman's interview with filmmakers Malcolm Clarke and Frederic Bohbot on CJAD's Barry Morgan show on Monday.