• A Jew Must Die

    Directed by Jacob Berger
    Switzerland | 73 minutes | North American Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • A Jew Must Die

    Directed by Jacob Berger
    Switzerland | 73 minutes | North American Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • A Jew Must Die

    Directed by Jacob Berger
    Switzerland | 73 minutes | North American Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • A Jew Must Die

    Directed by Jacob Berger
    Switzerland | 73 minutes | North American Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • A Jew Must Die

    Directed by Jacob Berger
    Switzerland | 73 minutes | North American Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • A Jew Must Die

    Directed by Jacob Berger
    Switzerland | 73 minutes | North American Premiere | World Cinema Now

In a small Swiss village in 1942, a cabal of Nazi sympathizers select a Jewish scapegoat (played by Bruno Ganz) to kill, and an 8-year-old witness grows into a 70-year-old writer whose life was changed forever by what he saw.

film synopsis

The writer Jacques Chessex was an eight-year-old boy in 1942 in the Swiss village of Payerne when he witnessed events that, as he wrote in a controversial book, would change him forever. Popular myth has it that Switzerland remained an innocent island amidst the horrors of World War II. What we see in Jacques Berger's swift and powerful film-and what Chessex saw as a boy-repudiates this. In Payerne, a cadre of Nazi sympathizers singled out a Jewish scapegoat-a wealthy livestock dealer (Bruno Ganz)-to serve as an "example" in honor of Hitler's birthday.

Berger's film is more than a simple recreation of an historical atrocity. Chessex appears in it both as a boy and as a haunted and besieged 70-year-old (André Wilms), under attack for writing a book that digs up old and ugly memories. Berger boldly conflates past and present (don't be surprised to see a present-day car driving the 1942 roads) suggesting that the two are and always will be dangerously intertwined.

Schedule

January 6, 2017 5:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
January 9, 2017 8:30 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
January 15, 2017 8:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available

film details

Original Language Title: Un Juif pour l'exemple
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2016
Running Time: 73 minutes
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Language: French
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Jacob Berger
Producers: Ruth Waldburger
Principal Cast: Bruno Ganz, André Wilms, Aurélien Patouillard, Paul Laurent, Baptiste Coustenoble
Cinematographers: Luciano Tovoli
Editor: Sarah Anderson
Music: Manfred Eicher
Screenwriter: Jacob Berger, Aude Py, Michel Fessler
Website: http://vegafilm.com/fr/titre/un-juif-pour-lexemple-2016/

guests in attendance

Aude Py – Screenwriter (January 6 & 9 only)

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