Farewell Mr. Haffmann / Adieu Monsieur Haffmann
France/Begium 2021, 116 min
French with English subtitles
Director: Fred Cavayé
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
“Gripping from start to finish. Historical drama in the form of an intimate thriller, full of nuances carried by three excellent actors” (Le Figaro)
In honour of HEW 2022, the Holocaust Education Centre is proud to partner with the Toronto Jewish Film Festival (TJFF) for the Toronto premiere of this riveting cinematic adaption of Jean-Philippe Daguerre’s Molière Award-winning play. Legendary French actor Daniel Auteuil (Caché) stars as Joseph Haffmann, a Jewish jeweller who owns a small shop in Paris 1941. When the Germans occupy the city, he plans to escape with his family, while signing over his store and home to his employee François Mercier (Gilles Lellouche) and his wife Blanche (Sara Giraudeau). However, Joseph is unable to escape the city in time, and is now at the mercy of his employee’s protection, resulting in a tense thriller with several unpredictable twists.