|Producers:||Adam Benzine, Kimberley Warner|
|Executive Producer:||Nick Fraser|
|Produced in Association with:||ZDF/Arte, DR|
|Language:||English, German, French|
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- Hot Docs 2015 (World Premiere) (25 April): Honourable Mention, Best Mid-Length Documentary
- Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 (European Premiere) (6 June)
- San Francisco Jewish FF 2015 (U.S. Premiere) (July 28)
- DokuFest 2015 (August 8)
- Hamptons International Film Festival 2015 (October 9,10)
- Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (October 10)
- Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival 2015 (October 23,26)
- New British Film Festival (Russia) 2015 (November 4)
- UK Jewish Film Festival 2015 (November 15)
- DOC NYC 2015 (November 19)
- IDFA 2015
- This Human World 2015 (December 6)
- Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2016 (March 13): The Audience Award - International Selection
- Festival of Tolerance JFF Zagreb 2016 (April 9 - 15)
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah explores the arduous 12-year journey that led to the creation of one of the most important films of our time.
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Shoah' – Claude Lanzmann’s nine-and-a-half-hour examination of the Holocaust of European Jews -- this documentary reveals for the first time the trials and tribulations the French iconoclast faced.
Notably, the film features an array of previously unseen outtake footage that was shot during the creation of 'Shoah,' to illustrate Lanzmann’s journey from the bright-eyed journalist of 1973 to the world-weary auteur of 1985.
The outtake footage has been digitally restored and was provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Israel’s Yad Vashem. In addition to exploring the making of 'Shoah,' the documentary also reflects on several key points in Lanzmann’s life, including his teenage years fighting in the French resistance, his love affair with Simone de Beauvoir and his deep friendship with Jean-Paul Sartre, as well as his hopes and expectations for the future.
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah is the first major documentary to be made on the life of the 89-year-old auteur.
"Fascinating (…) I was left wanting more."
The Globe and Mail
"Fascinating... I don’t often wish for a film to be longer."
- The Globe and Mail
"A stunning revelation to both people who have seen Shoah and people who have not."
"Essential - ☆☆☆☆"
"HBO picks up doc about Shoah director Claude Lanzmann"
The Hollywood Reporter
"Fascinating... for those who haven’t seen Claude Lanzmann’s masterpiece - and even for those who have."
San Francisco Chronicle