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Lanzmann’s “Unjust” set for Cannes

The Last of the Unjust, a new documentary from 87-year-old Shoah director Claude Lanzmann (pictured), is set to have its world premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
April 26, 2013

The Last of the Unjust, a new documentary from 87-year-old Shoah director Claude Lanzmann (pictured), is set to have its world premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Le Dernier des injustes (The Last of the Unjust) focuses on Benjamin Murmelstein, the last president of the Theresienstadt Jewish Council, who was forced to negotiate with Nazi commander Adolf Eichmann from 1938 until the end of the Second World War.

The doc promises to reveal a little-known yet fundamental aspect of the Holocaust, and to shed light on the origins of the ‘Final Solution’ like never before. It was produced by Synecdoche, and is being sold by Le Pacte.

Lanzmann, who was in February bestowed an honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, joins a Cannes lines-up that includes Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky’s Dune, a feature doc about the aborted attempts to Frank Herbert’s Dune novels to the big screen.

The latter title will screen as part of Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight. In addition, the festival will also screen Roman Polanski’s 1970s documentary about Jackie Stewart, Weekend of a Champion, as a special screening.

As previously reported, Focus Features International will shop an as-yet-untitled documentary about the life of singer Amy Winehouse, from Senna director Asif Kapadia, to buyers in Cannes during the festival.

The Festival de Cannes takes place from May 15-26.

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