Once in a Lifetime (Les Héritiers)

Once in a Lifetime (Les Héritiers)

Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
West Coast Premiere

NOTE: all screenings at this venue are 19+.

Closing Night Gala

Sponsored by Isaac and Judy Thau

With special guest, Ahmed Dramé co-writer and co-star.

The multi award winning true story of an inner-city school class of teenagers in a mixed ethnic district of Paris. Written off by the administration, all but abandoned to a future without hope. A new teacher takes over the classroom and challenges them to enter the class in a competition to examine the Holocaust from the point of view of its impact on children. It contains some very emotional scenes and chronicles the change in the opinions and interactions of a typical class of adolescents.

Ahmed Dramé, a student in that high school class, submitted a draft screenplay to the well known producer-director and she invited him to co-write the screenplay with her. She also cast him as a co-star in the film about his own true-to-life class.

Community Sponsor:
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Help us wrap up another successful Film Festival by attending our Closing Night Gala and Reception generously sponsored by Isaac and Judy Thau and hosted at the BMW Store right across the street from the theatre. Enjoy refreshments and good cheer from International Cellars with your fellow movie lovers and enthusiastic festival regulars. By attending this night’s event, you are helping to support the Vancouver Jewish Film Centre in bringing new and exciting films to our community. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reception Party at the BMW Store & Wine by International Cellars

the BMW Store, 5th & Burrard

International Cellars, Wine Marketers and Importers

  • Please note that as a registered non-profit society, anyone over 18 attending one of our screenings is required to be a member of our society for us to retain our non-profit status.
  • Please present your VJFC membership at every screening.

Festivals and Awards

  • Winner - Audience Award: Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015
  • Winner - Micki Moore Award for Best Narrative Film: Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2015

Event Details


Film Info

Year 2014
Country France
Director Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Cast Ariane Ascaride, Ahmed Dramé, Noémie Merlant
Runtime 105 min
Language French with English subtitles
Genre