“Friends from France”

Genre: Drama

Countries: France | Germany | Canada | Russia

Year: 2013
Running Time: 100 min
Languages: French, English, Russian, Hebrew with English subtitles

Date: Monday, April 7, 7:30 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festival & Awards: Official Selection Toronto International | Opening Night NYJFF | Official Selection WJFF

It’s 1979. Carole (Soko) and Jerome (Jérémie Lippmann) are French cousins posing as young lovers on an organized trip to Odessa, in the depths of the Cold War. Directors/Writers: Anne Weil | Philippe Kotlarski

During the day, they’re ordinary tourists visiting museums and historic sites, but after dark, they’re “Friends from France,” activists making contact with the underground world of “refuseniks” – Jews repressed and persecuted by the Brezhnev regime. While Carole is driven by her political ambitions and taste for danger, Jerome is stirred by feelings of passion for Carole. They enter a world filled with drugs, sex, and violence that neither is prepared for.

This gripping and provocative political thriller is a debut feature for Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarski, and features a standout performance by French singer and actress Soko as Carole.

Contains scenes of a sexual nature

Special Guests: Author and Journalist Carol Saline in conversation with Connie Smukler, former “Friend From Philadelphia” and Dr. Henry Feingold, Distinguished Scholar and Author

Community Partners: Philadelphia Film Society, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, The Alliance Française de Philadelphie, The Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Consortium of Holocaust Educators of Greater Philadelphia

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