Directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar 105 minutes
France. 2014. In French with English Subtitles. Starring Ariane Ascaride, Geneviève Mnich, Ahmed Dramé, Stéphane Bak
Audience Award at the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
A dedicated history teacher at a French high school, Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride), is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, is proving to be more difficult than expected. Frustrated but undaunted, Anne tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the students’ attitudes dramatically. Despite their long-shot odds of winning, these once-rebellious teens soon begin to see one another – and themselves – in a whole new light. Once In a Lifetime demonstrates the enduring impact of the Holocaust in transforming future generations.
Select Festivals & Awards
- Winner, Audience Award, 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
- Winner, Best Narrative Film, 2015 Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada
2015 COLCOA French Film Festival, Los Angeles
About Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar is a producer, writer, and film director, known for Once in a Lifetime (2014), Ma première fois (2012) and La première étoile (2009).
Sun., Sept. 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM Central Valley Premiere
Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton
Narrative Feature Film
Director: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar Script: Ahmed Dramé, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar Producers: Pierre Kubel, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar Cinematographer: Myriam Vinocour Editor: Benoît Quinon