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Film Society Presents: Farewell, Mr. Haffmann
December 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm EST
Presented by Park East Synagogue’s Film Society
Regina Gil, Chairperson
Courtesy of Gold Coast Arts Center
Written and Directed by Fred Cavayé
France, Belgium, 2022 / Drama / French / Running time: 115 minutes
Description: Occupied Paris, 1941: all members of the Jewish community are instructed to come forward and identify themselves to authorities. Dedicated jeweller Joseph Haffmann (Daniel Auteuil), fearing the worst, arranges for his family to flee the city and offers his employee François Mercier (Gilles Lellouche) the chance to take over his store until the conflict subsides. But his own attempts to escape are thwarted, and Haffmann is forced to seek his assistant’s protection.
It’s a risky proposition for both men, and one that Mercier’s wife Blanche (a wonderful Sara Giraudeau) is sceptical of. As the couple move in to the Haffmann home, the agreement turns into a Faustian bargain, one that will forever change the fate of all…
Superbly directed by Cavayé, FAREWELL, MR. HAFFMANN masterfully guides the viewer through the world of Vichy France, where lives are irrevocably shaped by the twin scourges of war and the black market. Rich in moral complexity and empathy, with several twists too good to spoil, this is grand, big-screen adult entertainment at its finest.
Audience Award – Gold Coast International Film Festival 2022
Audience Award – Cleveland Jewish Film Festival 2022
Audience Award – Aspen Filmfest 2022
Audience Award – Best Narrative San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2022