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Once in a Lifetime (Les héritiers)

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.

Official Trailer


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).



Buy Tickets

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


Film Source

U.S. Distributor: Menemsha Films


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