“Avi Nesher’s brilliant, haunting Past Life may be his best film yet – and that’s saying a lot.” - Jerusalem Post
OPENING NIGHT FILM
“Weisz brings a ferocious tenacity” — Toronto International Film Festival
In the 1990s, an impassioned and articulate American Professor, Deborah Lipstadt (Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz) publishes a book, Denying The Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. Soon after, a prominent ‘denier’ referenced in Lipstadt’s work, David Irving (Timothy Spall), sues her for defamation. Suddenly, under the rule of the English legal system, Lipstadt must prove that the Holocaust occurred in order to discredit Irving and clear her name. She is matched with a brilliant but eccentric barrister, Richard Rampton, and the exceptionally smart lawyer Anthony Julius, who ask Deborah to buy into a unique and daring strategy – remain silent. Neither Deborah nor a single Holocaust survivor is to take the stand during their defense, thereby avoiding any possibility of emotional bias.
From the screenwriter of The Reader and The Hours, Denial is a remarkable and thrilling procedural drama based on true events.
This highly anticipated drama premiered at Toronto International Film Festival.
110 minutes / English
Director — Mick Jackson