Focus Sets Summer Release for Doc 'Final Account'

Courtesy of Focus Features

The film was directed by the late Luke Holland, who spent a decade interviewing everyday people who participated in Hitler's Third Reich.

Focus Features is teaming with Participant to release the late director Luke Holland's documentary Final Account. Wednesday's announcement coincided with International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The film, which premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, will be released in U.S. theaters on May 21. Universal Pictures International will distribute the doc overseas, excluding Israel.

A decade in the making, Final Account features never-before-seen interviews with the last living generation of everyday people who participated in Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. The doc raises timely questions about authority, conformity, complicity and perpetration, national identity, and responsibility, as men and women ranging from former SS members to civilians describe – in very different ways – their memories, perceptions and personal appraisals of their own roles.

“Luke Holland and the team at Participant have given the world a vital look into history. This film will serve as a record that helps us better understand the most tragic of moments in human history, but it also reminds us to contemplate how fragile the tapestry of civility always is and how severe the consequences become when any one of us, our friends or neighbors are willing to make the easy choice instead of the right one," Focus chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement.

Final Account is produced by John Battsek and Riete Oord. Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann executive produced alongside Andrew Ruhemann of Passion Pictures and Claire Aguilar. Focus Features acquired worldwide rights excluding Israel.

Tied to the film’s release, Participant will be working with USC Shoah Foundation, a global organization countering antisemitism and other forms of hatred through testimony.