Au Revoir Les Enfants

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DirectorLouis Malle
WritersLouis Malle
Language French, German, English, Greek, Latin
CountryFrance, Germany, Italy
Running Time1HR 45MINS
SeasonMain Programme

One of the great films about the Second World War and Nazi-occupied France, Louis Malle’s semi-autobiographical, multi-award-winning worldwide hit, Au Revoir Les Enfants screens as part of Holocaust Memorial Day.

After working in America and making such films as Pretty Baby and Atlantic City, Malle returned to France to write a screenplay based on the real events that took place at the school he attended as a young boy during the war.

Set in January 1944 at an exclusive Catholic boys boarding school near Fontainebleau, twelve-year-old Julien (Gaspard Manesse), a bright, popular pupil at the school, is asked by headmaster Père Jean to look after a new boy, the shy, sensitive Jean Bonnet (Raphaël Fejtö). As the boys become friends, Julien discovers that Jean is Jewish and that he is being kept hidden from the Nazis by the priests of the school under an assumed name.

Au Revoir Les Enfants was a worldwide box-office triumph, winning critical acclaim and numerous awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film at the 1987 Venice Film Festival, seven French Césars and a BAFTA. It was also nominated for two Academy Awards.

Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. For more information see

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