SJFF: MY FATHER’S SECRETS (Virtual)
March 20 - March 26
At age 20, Michel’s father (voiced by legendary actor Elliott Gould) returned to his native Belgium, married, and fathered four children. His reclusive attitude toward his past leads his family to try to understand the many issues he faced while they forge their own independent futures.
In-Person Showtime: March 12 | AMC | 3:30 pm • Streaming Window: March 20-26
More on MY FATHER’S SECRETS (Les secrets de mon père)
Véra Belmont | Animated Documentary | France, Belgium | 2022 | English | 74m | PG
Based on the autobiographical graphic novel “Second Generation” by Israeli author and renowned cartoonist Michel Kichka, MY FATHER’S SECRETS is a funny, intimate, and poignant story that tackles trauma, triumph, and redemption. At age 20, Michel’s father, Henri (voiced by legendary actor Elliott Gould), returned to his native Belgium, married, and fathered four children. Given his silent and discreet nature, which revealed nothing of his survival at Auschwitz, his family must try to understand their father’s mysterious past and forge their own independent future. Encapsulating humanity’s weighty history and paths toward healing, director Véra Belmont takes a leap from live-action cinema to animation to tell a Holocaust story with the aid of lead producer Marc Jousset, artistic director of the Oscar-nominated PERSEPOLIS.
Véra Belmont is a French film producer, director, and screenwriter greatly inspired by François Truffaut and other members of the French New Wave film movement. Her 1985 film RED KISS screened at the 36th Berlin International Film Festival, and its star Charlotte Valandrey won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. View official bio on IMDB.
Film Sponsors: Shari Basom and David Spiekerman
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