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Once in a Lifetime

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Drama, Foreign | 2016

Movie

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.

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Winner
Audience Award
Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Winner
Audience Award
Boston Jewish Film Festival

Winner
Best Narrative Film
Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Winner
Audience Award
New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival

Official Selection
Festival du Film Francophone de Namur
2014

Official Selection
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
2015

Official Selection
FilmFestival Zeeuws-Vlaanderen
2015

Official Selection
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
2015

Official Selection
Cologne Conference - International Film and TV Festival
2015

Official Selection
Przeglad Nowego Kina Francuskiego
2016

Official Selection
Festival du Film Français au Japon
2016