Film director Claude Lanzmann visits Israel

Monday, April 16, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Claude Lanzmann, film director, philosopher and journalist, is visiting Israel to attend the Kisufim Conference of Jewish Writers in Jerusalem. Lanzmann is also being hosted by the Cinematheque in Jerusalem where parts of his renowned film, “Shoah,” will be screened.

Lanzmann’s nine-hour long documentary, “Shoah,” was released in 1985 and is considered to be an unprecedented “cinematic history of the Holocaust.” Lanzmann began working on “Shoah” in 1974.

“Shoah” commemorates the Holocaust with first-hand testimonies of survivors and former Nazis, focusing on the voices and faces of the victims, victimizers and other participants. Lanzmann’s style of interviews depicts a terrifying picture of the genocide carried out by the Nazis and reveals how the anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust is still alive today.

“Shoah” has received numerous awards including the Berlin International Film Festival Award, the New York Film Critics Award and the French Cesar Award.

The film was shot in French, English and German.

A DVD package is in the works to be marketed in Israel and for the first time will include Hebrew subtitles.

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