24 Days

Director: Alexander Arcady
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: France
Year: 2014
Running Time: 110 min
Language: French with English subtitles
Stars: Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbe, Jacques Gamblin, Sylvie Testud
Date: Thursday, November 6, 7 pm
Location: Ritz East
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festivals & Awards: Lia Van Leer Award, 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival

24 Days BestBased on the controversial case that shook Paris in 2006, this powerful French thriller is taut and suspenseful even for those who know the outcome of the story. Ilan Halimi, a young Parisian Jew, is abducted and sequestered. Convinced that all Jews have money, the “Gang of Barbarians” responsible for his kidnapping believe that a large ransom will be paid in exchange for Halimi’s freedom. Thus begins an intense police procedural that brilliantly captures the frustration of the Halimi family, the investigators, and the criminals as the story unfolds over 24 harrowing days. The negotiations between Ilan’s father and the kidnappers are gripping, but so, too, are the efforts of Ilan’s mother, Ruth, to rescue her son. 24 Days is a provocative film that sheds light on contemporary European anti-Semitism.

Special Guest: Nancy Baron-Baer, Regional Director at the Anti-Defamation League

Special Event: Join PJFF at Positano Coast (212 Walnut St, Philadelphia) for conversation, complimentary appetizers, and drink specials

Sponsored By: Center City Film and Video

Community Partners: American Jewish Committee Philadelphia, Anti-Defamation League Philadelphia, The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, Positano Coast