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Farewell Mr. Haffmann (with short The Mohel)

Fred Cavayé; Charles Wahl

Not Rated / Narrative / 2 hour, 10 minutes

The Mohel (directed by Charles Wahl): When James and Lola, a young Jewish couple, have a baby boy, tradition dictates that next on the agenda for the family is the Brit Milah (the circumcision). After arranging for a Mohel (someone trained in the practice of circumcision) to come and perform the ceremony, James finds himself in a dilemma, caught between these traditions, family expectations and his own beliefs.

Farewell Mr. Haffmann (directed by Fred Cavayé): Occupied Paris, 1941: all members of the Jewish community are instructed to come forward and identify themselves to authorities. Dedicated jeweller Joseph Haffmann (Daniel Auteuil), fearing the worst, arranges for his family to flee the city and offers his employee François Mercier (Gilles Lellouche) the chance to take over his store until the conflict subsides. But his own attempts to escape are thwarted, and Haffmann is forced to seek his assistant’s protection. It’s a risky proposition for both men, and one that Mercier’s wife Blanche (Sara Giraudeau) is sceptical of. As the couple move in to the Haffmann home, the agreement turns into a Faustian bargain, one that will forever change the fate of all…”

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August 21-27, 2023

Sidewalk Film Festival

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