The Last of the Unjust (Le Dernier des Injustes)

, , 2013

Reviews —

The Australian 2 Nov 2013
New York Times 24 Jan 2014
The New Yorker 2 Feb 2014
Roger Ebert 7 Feb 2014

Screened at —

Cannes Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
JIFF 2013

“An extraordinary testimony, with shattering revelations...a remarkable film.” — The Guardian

The Last of the Unjust, which screened in official selection at Cannes, is the newest film from Claude Lanzmann, the creator of Shoah* (1985) the seminal Holocaust documentary. From interviews he did in 1975 while creating Shoah, Lanzmann now focuses on a complex and unique figure: the Jewish Council president of the Thereseinstadt Ghetto, Benjamin Murmelstein. The film is essentially an extended, in-depth interview with one of the most notorious figures of the era. Lanzmann gives viewers a revealing depiction of Murmelstein, whose position highlights the complexities of moral responsibility and complicates our judgements and understanding of Jewish collaboration.

Please note:  This film will screen with a short intermission.

219 min / German, French (English subtitles)

Director — Claude Lanzmann