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Directed by Roselyne Bosch

Starring Jean Reno, Mélanie Laurent, Gad Elmaleh

 

France

Released: 2012

French, German, Yiddish

124 minutes

In picturesque Montmarte, three children wearing a yellow star play in the streets, oblivious to the darkness spreading over Nazi-occupied France. Their parents do not seem too concerned either, somehow putting their trust in the Vichy Government. But beyond this view, much is going on.

 

Hitler demands that the French government round up its Jews and put them on trains for the extermination camps in the East. The collaborators start to put the plan into effect and within a short time, 13,000 of Paris’s Jews, among them 4,000 children, will be rounded up and sent on a road with no return.

 

The fateful date: July 16th, 1942, 71 years ago.

With a meticulously constructed script based on extensive research and first-hand accounts, writer/director Rose Bosch brings to the screen one of the most moving dramas of the year.

 

Powered by fluid direction and a string of stars- from Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code, Leon: The Professional) to Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, The Concert)- La Rafle (The Roundup) became a big box-office hit in France, and its audiences included thousands of young people who came to learn about a dark chapter in their country’s history.

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La Rafle

Awards

 

Audience Award
Shreveport Jewish Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Film
Jewish Film Festival of Dallas 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Film
Jewish Omaha Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature
Rochester Jewish Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award
Michiana Jewish Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Narrative Film
Pittsburgh JFilm Festival 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature
AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Narrative Film
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Miami Jewish Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Denver Jewish Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Washington Jewish Film Festival 2011

 

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2010

 

Opening Night Film
Jerusalem Film Festival 2010

 

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