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Best of the Fest: Farewell Mr. Haffman Film Screening

Thursday, February 16 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm

Osher Marin JCC
200 North San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
In this transfixing wartime drama, a Parisian jewelry shop under Nazi occupation becomes the site of a volatile and domestic secret.

Come spend your Thursday evenings with us this February to celebrate the best of the Jewish films of the year! We are pleased to bring you the Best of the Fest from this season’s San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. We are featuring three must-see films throughout the month of February.

For our second screening on Thursday, February 16th at 7 PM, join us for Farewell Mr. Haffman.

About the film:

Legendary French actor Daniel Auteuil (Caché, The Well-Digger’s Daughter) stars as Joseph Haffmann, the owner and gifted jeweler of a humble shop in Paris in this cinematic adaptation of Jean-Philippe Daguerre’s Molière Award-winning play. When the Germans occupy the city, Mr. Haffmann and his family plan to evacuate, but he is unable to get out in time. Having already signed his store over to his ambitious employee François Mercier (Gilles Lellouche) and his wife Blanche (Sara Giraudeau, winner of the Best Actress award at the 2021 Sarlat Film Festival for this role), Haffmann now finds himself at their mercy not to turn him into Nazi officers, whose presence in the city grows by the day. Following in the tradition of Truffaut’s The Last Metro and Joseph Losey’s Mr. Klein, this period drama of life in Vichy France is a transfixing humanist portrait of survival and resistance, as well as the tragic consequences of complicity and collaboration. As the relationships between Mr. Haffmann, François, and Blanche deteriorate under the pressure of increasing shortages and deportations all around them, the film harrowingly captures how martial sadism transfers into daily domestic life within the secret world of a modest jewelry shop.

BEST OF THE FEST 2022 FILM SCHEDULE : If you missed it this summer, now’s your chance to catch it closer to home in Marin! We are pleased to present three films that represent the best from Season 42 of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Thursday, February 9: Karaoke

Thursday, February 16: Farewell Mr. Haffman

Thursday, February 23: The Narrow Bridge

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ABOUT THE SF JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world. Presenting innovative film each summer in the Bay Area, the festival promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. Festival programs are meant to create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history and culture; provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about the Jewish experience; and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes.

The Jewish Film Institute (JFI) is the premier curatorial voice for Jewish film and media around the world. Founded in 1980 as the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the world’s first and most revered event for independent, Jewish-themed storytelling, JFI’s programs illuminate the full diversity of Jewish experiences.

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