It will be the Massachusetts Premiere of Christian Faure's 2015 movie about Simone Veil’s intrepid fight to legalize abortion in France in 1974. The movie stars César Award-winning actress Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) who delivers a smoldering performance in the lead role. The movie is featured in the National center for Jewish Film Festival 2016 (click here for more information about the festival and the rest of the program).

Synopsis: Simone Veil’s intrepid fight to legalize abortion in France is brilliantly brought to life in this taut fact-based political drama. In 1974, French health minister Veil was charged with decriminalizing abortion and easing access to contraceptives. Facing strong opposition from politicians, an enraged public, and the Catholic Church, Veil, who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and lost her parents in the Shoah, refused to give up. Fighting for justice amidst a swirl of antisemitic sentiment, sexism, and personal attacks, she persevered in advancing women’s rights. César Award-winning actress Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) delivers a smoldering performance in the lead role.

Director: Christian Faure | France | 2015 | 90m | French w/ English subtitles
Q&A with NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Leadership

Sunday, May 8, 4:30 pm (Massachusetts Premiere)
West Newton Cinema
(get tickets)

Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Alfond)
(get tickets)

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These films featured in the festival's program are also co-produced with France:

Rabin, The Last Day

Monday, May 9, 6:30 pm, Brandeis University (New England Premiere)

Saturday, May 14, 1:30 pm, Museum of Fine Arts

On November 4, 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated at a political rally in Tel Aviv. The killer was a 25-year-old student and observant Jew. As acclaimed filmmaker Amos Gitai reveals in his provocative new film, the murder was the culmination of a climate of hate and paranoia fueled by the hysterical rhetoric and political intrigue of extremists who condemned Rabin by invoking an obscure Talmudic ruling and right-wing politicians who joined in the campaign of incitement. Winner of the Human Rights Film Network Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Director: Amos Gitai | Israel/France | 2015 | 153m | Hebrew w/ English subtitles

Amos Gitai will be present for Q&A following the May 14 screening at the MFA

The Venice Ghetto 500 Years of Life

Thursday, May 12, 5:30 pm, Museum of Fine Arts (New England Premiere)

The rich story of the Jews of Venice is celebrated in this charming film, which uses an inventive mix of documentary and drama, animation, location photography, and interviews. Conjuring up 500 years of history, language, architecture, food, art, and politics—even the smells of market day—the film introduces us to Lorenzo (Laurence Olivieri), a Jewish teenager from New York, who is guided through Jewish Venice by his artist aunt (Sandra Toffolatti). Together they explore the unique character of Venetian Jewish life, which began in the 14th century when Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Levantine Jews arrived in Venice, then the center of trade between the East and West.

Director: Emanuela Giordano | Italy/France | 2015 | 54m | Italian & French w/ English subtitles

West Newton Cinema and MFA 1296 Washington St, West Newton, MA 02465

La Loi featured in the National Center for Jewish Film festival

When
Sunday, May 8th at 4:30 pm and Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30 pm
Where
West Newton Cinema and MFA
1296 Washington St, West Newton, MA 02465

It will be the Massachusetts Premiere of Christian Faure's 2015 movie about Simone Veil’s intrepid fight to legalize abortion in France in 1974. The movie stars César Award-winning actress Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) who delivers a smoldering performance in the lead role. The movie is featured in the National center for Jewish Film Festival 2016 (click here for more information about the festival and the rest of the program).

Synopsis: Simone Veil’s intrepid fight to legalize abortion in France is brilliantly brought to life in this taut fact-based political drama. In 1974, French health minister Veil was charged with decriminalizing abortion and easing access to contraceptives. Facing strong opposition from politicians, an enraged public, and the Catholic Church, Veil, who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and lost her parents in the Shoah, refused to give up. Fighting for justice amidst a swirl of antisemitic sentiment, sexism, and personal attacks, she persevered in advancing women’s rights. César Award-winning actress Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) delivers a smoldering performance in the lead role.

Director: Christian Faure | France | 2015 | 90m | French w/ English subtitles
Q&A with NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Leadership

Sunday, May 8, 4:30 pm (Massachusetts Premiere)
West Newton Cinema
(get tickets)

Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Alfond)
(get tickets)

****

These films featured in the festival's program are also co-produced with France:

Rabin, The Last Day

Monday, May 9, 6:30 pm, Brandeis University (New England Premiere)

Saturday, May 14, 1:30 pm, Museum of Fine Arts

On November 4, 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated at a political rally in Tel Aviv. The killer was a 25-year-old student and observant Jew. As acclaimed filmmaker Amos Gitai reveals in his provocative new film, the murder was the culmination of a climate of hate and paranoia fueled by the hysterical rhetoric and political intrigue of extremists who condemned Rabin by invoking an obscure Talmudic ruling and right-wing politicians who joined in the campaign of incitement. Winner of the Human Rights Film Network Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Director: Amos Gitai | Israel/France | 2015 | 153m | Hebrew w/ English subtitles

Amos Gitai will be present for Q&A following the May 14 screening at the MFA

The Venice Ghetto 500 Years of Life

Thursday, May 12, 5:30 pm, Museum of Fine Arts (New England Premiere)

The rich story of the Jews of Venice is celebrated in this charming film, which uses an inventive mix of documentary and drama, animation, location photography, and interviews. Conjuring up 500 years of history, language, architecture, food, art, and politics—even the smells of market day—the film introduces us to Lorenzo (Laurence Olivieri), a Jewish teenager from New York, who is guided through Jewish Venice by his artist aunt (Sandra Toffolatti). Together they explore the unique character of Venetian Jewish life, which began in the 14th century when Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Levantine Jews arrived in Venice, then the center of trade between the East and West.

Director: Emanuela Giordano | Italy/France | 2015 | 54m | Italian & French w/ English subtitles

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