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Saturday, October 10 • 9:50am - 10:35am
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah

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Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

D: Adam Benzine | Canada/UK/USA | 40 min

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah explores the arduous 12-year journey that led to the creation of one of the most important films of our time. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the release of Shoah -- Claude Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half-hour examination of the Holocaust of European Jews -- this documentary reveals for the first time the trials and tribulations faced by the French iconoclast. The filmmakers secured exclusive access to Mr. Lanzmann, who sat for a week in Paris to talk at length about his life. The doc was shot in 4K using RED Epic cameras, and tells the director’s story in his own words. Emmy-winning composer Joel Goodman (Clinton, Walt Disney) provides a poignant and moving original score. Notably, the film features an array of previously unseen outtake footage that was shot during the creation of Shoah, to illustrate Mr. Lanzmann's journey from the bright-eyed journalist of 1973 to the world-weary auteur of 1985. This outtake footage, some of which is shocking, has been digitally restored and is provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Israel's Yad Vashem. In addition to exploring the making of Shoah, our documentary also reflects on several key points in Mr. Lanzmann’s life, including his teenage years fighting in the French resistance, and his love affair with Simone de Beauvoir and deep friendship with Jean-Paul Sartre, as well as his hopes and expectations for the future. The filmmakers have secured video footage of the French director with both de Beauvoir and Sartre, as well as an array of rarely seen and previously unseen photographs.

Honourable Mention, Best Mid-Length Documentary Competition for Hot Docs

Offical Selection Sheffield Doc/Fest

Offical Selection  San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Offical Selection  DokuFest [Kosovo]

Offical Selection  Camden International Film Festival

Offical Selection Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival

Offical Selection New British Film Festival [Russia]


Saturday October 10, 2015 9:50am - 10:35am
The Arlington: Cinema 2 The Arlington Hotel - Ballroom 239 Central Ave. Hot Springs, AR 71901 (501) 623-7771

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