Directed by Philippe Le Guay (France, 2022, 93 minutes.). French with English subtitles.
Annette Zelman is a Jewish art student living in Nazi-occupied Paris in the early 1940s. She and her Catholic classmate Jean fall in love and dream of building a life together. Despite the couple’s bond, Jean’s parents oppose the match and Jean’s father, Hubert, reports Annette to the Gestapo. Soon after, a guilt-ridden Hubert risks his own life to save Annette’s, but he’s too late and Annette is deported to Auschwitz. The Story of Annette Zelman is a tale of love and resistance that plumbs the depths of human passion, prejudice, and betrayal. The film is based on actual events told in the book Dénoncer les Juifs Sous l’Occupation (Informing on Jews during the Occupation) by Laurent Joly.
Followed by a live virtual conversation with Director Philippe Le Guay and author Heather Dune Macadam ("Star-Crossed: A True Romeo and Juliet Story in Hitler's Paris"), moderated in-person by BJF Artistic Director Lisa Gossels.