A Word From the Director

 

The reading and reflexion upon Moses’ love-drunk letters to his far-away fiancee Natalia brought up in me feelings of great compassion about the fragile and ironic nature of human bonds.

The story gets incited by the new immigration laws brought upon by the Third Reich, forcing Moses, a Polish Jew, to evade Berlin in 1933. He proposes to his beloved Nettie that they leave together towards the more secure shores of South America, far away from Hitler’s reach. Though Nettie, being a Polish Jew from a 'Germanic territory' and therefore not quite required to leave the country, surprisingly feel most comfortable in staying, despite the need to separate from Moses.

The letters that inspire the movie are exactly the love-letters written by Moses to persuade Natalia to join him, which were more recently re-discovered and translated from German by Eitan, Moses’ grandson, about some 80+ years later. 'Thousand kisses', the repetitive and attentive way in which Moses would finish every letter to his estranged lover, reveals the obsessive nature of unfulfilled love; one with no shame to show itself inside and out and with all of its idiosyncrasies, insecurities and a certain dose of Jewish humor. 

And it also marks the exact moment preceding Nettie’s decision to join him on this life-journey that would offspring generations to come across the Atlantic. 

The self-assured vulnerability that Moses portrays and the ultimate reconnection with Natalia in Brazil - be it for true love or for fear of Hitler - give Thousand Kisses the peculiar quality of a fairy tale tainted by the harsh historical context of the Second World War, and its romantic and pragmatic love-story, the irresistible appeal of irony and real-life poetry.  

By Richard Goldgewicht