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The Last of the Unjust (Le Dernier des Injustes)

, , 2013

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

The Last of the Unjust, which screened in official selection at Cannes this year, 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. These questions are also considered in Hannah Arendt, which also screened at JIFF 2013.

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

219 min / German, French (English subtitles)

Director — Claude Lanzmann

Category — Brilliant Minds

Reviews —

The Age  25 April 2014
The Australian
2 Nov 2013
New York Times 24 Jan 2014
The New Yorker 2 Feb 2014
Roger Ebert 7 Feb 2014
Cinephilia April 2014

Screened at —

Cannes Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
JIFF 2013