Documentary feature “Finding Fioretta” to begin production next year
Director Matthew Mishory and producer and financier Bradford L. Schlei have announced the start of production of Schlei’s “Finding Fioretta” from Rubber Ring Films and Stone Canyon Entertainment, which will begin early next year.
The feature-length documentary chronicles the life of genealogist Randol Schoenberg as he seeks to find the centuries-old tombstone of his oldest known ancestor – a woman who died in the 1600s in the Jewish ghetto of Venice, Italy. In 2005, Schoenberg successfully sued the Austrian government on behalf of Holocaust survivor Maria Altmann, recovering the five paintings of Gustav Klimt stolen from his family by the Nazis. This affair inspired the film “Woman in Gold” starring Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren.
Mishory spoke about the project, saying, “America’s obsession with genealogy is truly an obsession with storytelling.” He added, “Randy has done his life’s work to tell a 500 year story about his family, and that story is truly the story of the Jews in Europe. This documentary film will explore themes that have always fascinated me: hidden stories, identity and creative inspiration.
Schoenberg added: “I am happy to take this trip with Matthew and to use the format of a 500-year-old genealogical research to explore questions of identity and how the past is preserved and transmitted into the future.”
Mishory and Rob Levine are co-writers, with Schlei, Álvaro Fernández as producers. Levine and Schoenberg are the executive producers.
Filming is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2022 in Vienna, Prague, Venice and across Europe, as well as Los Angeles.