PRESENTED BY THE JCC LENORE MARWIL DETROIT JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
A brave, resourceful young girl leads a small band of orphans through Nazi-occupied France in FANNY’S JOURNEY, a coming-of-age drama bristling with suspense and poignancy.
Following the arrest of their father in Paris, Fanny and her younger sisters Erika and Georgette are sent to a boarding school in France’s neutral zone. Their safe haven is only temporary however, and the Jewish students are whisked away to another institution where they come under the care of the tough but tender Madame Forman (César-winning actress Cécile de France). As danger advances yet again, the children’s fate is entrusted to 13-year-old Fanny who fearlessly treks through the countryside on a perilous mission to reach the Swiss border, with only wits and solidarity to guide her. Joined by an ensemble of talented child actors, newcomer Léonie Souchaud shines in the titular role of Fanny. Filmmaker Lola Doillon’s handsome production is further bolstered by impressive period details and fine camerawork.
An old-fashioned family entertainment that brings history alive for the next generation, FANNY’S JOURNEY is based on an autobiographical novel by Fanny Ben-Ami.
Co-sponsored by Congregation T'chiyah, HIdden Children & Child Survivors of Michigan
Running Time: 94 minutes
Genre: Holocaust Drama
Director: Lola Doillon
Language: French with subtitles
Winner - Michel Award, Director Lola Doillon, Hamburg Film Festival, 2016