Based on a true story, French high school teacher Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride), is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Undaunted by their apathy, Anne tests her multi-cultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition commemorating young victims of Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the students’ attitudes dramatically.

Once in a Lifetime

Drama | Foreign | 2016

Cast

Ariane Ascaride, Ahmed Dramé, Noémie Merlant

Synopsis

A dedicated history teacher at a French high school, Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride), is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, is proving to be more difficult than expected. Frustrated but undaunted, Anne tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the students’ attitudes dramatically. Despite their long-shot odds of winning, these once-rebellious teens soon begin to see one another – and themselves – in a whole new light. Once In A Lifetime demonstrates the enduring impact of the Holocaust in transforming future generations.

Producers

Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, Pierre Kubel

Director

Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

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Official Selection, Festival du Film Français au Japon 2016
Official Selection, Przeglad Nowego Kina Francuskiego 2016
Official Selection, Cologne Conference - International Film and TV Festival 2015
Official Selection, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2015
Official Selection, FilmFestival Zeeuws-Vlaanderen 2015
Official Selection, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2015
Official Selection, Festival du Film Francophone de Namur 2014
Winner, Audience Award New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival
Winner, Best Narrative Film Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award Boston Jewish Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award Santa Barbara International Film Festival