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D-Day Doc Sunken Roads!

SUNKEN ROADS Three Generations After D-Day

Following its screening at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in August, First Run Features has taken on all North American rights to Charlotte Juergens’s feature documentary Sunken Roads: Three Generations After D-Day. First Run will open the film in theaters in early 2020 before making it available on home entertainment and educationally.

Sunken Roads follows Charlotte, a young woman who joins eight D-Day veterans on a road trip to retrace their steps from World War II. The veterans come to see Charlotte as a granddaughter, trusting her with their stories and confronting the trauma that still haunts them 70 years after the war. A first-person documentary reminiscent of films by Agnes Varda and Ross McElwee, Sunken Roads offers a new perspective on D-Day by presenting the memories of 90-year-old men through the eyes of a 20-year-old woman.

“We’re pleased to be working with such a talented young director on her first film,” said Marc Mauceri, VP of First Run Features. “Charlotte’s film is a unique and enjoyable experience, with unforgettable characters and fascinating, poignant subjects – among them the soldier’s story of D-Day, the vagaries of memory, inter-generational understanding (or lack thereof), and how we honor those who fought and died on our behalf. I love how the film takes us out of our own life span and give us a longer perspective, in the company of an amazing group of men and a curious, intrepid young filmmaker.”

Director Charlotte Juergens said, “I’m so excited to be working with First Run Features on distribution for our film. First Run represents many of the films I most admire and love, and my team and I are delighted by this opportunity. I shot Sunken Roads when I was twenty years old. When the Veterans were that age, they’d trained for the D-Day invasion in Cornwall, crossed the channel to Omaha Beach, and fought to liberate French towns from German occupation. Although they were still haunted by memories of horrific carnage, these soldiers felt compelled to return to Normandy, to “make the circle”, as one of them put it. I was honored to accompany them.”

Filmmaker Biography

Charlotte Juergens – Charlotte Juergens is an independent documentary filmmaker and archival researcher, working to recover stories that have been obscured by time and memory. This is Charlotte’s first feature-length film.
Aside from Sunken Roads, Charlotte works at NBC News Archives, helping documentarians and curators unearth archival footage for their projects. Charlotte previously served as an archival researcher for the Academy Award-nominated short documentary, Joe’s Violin.
She received her B.A. in History from Yale in 2016 and her M.A. in History from the University of Chicago in 2018.
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