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24 DAYS: PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE
Director: Alexandre Arcady
Genre: Narrative Feature
France | 2014 | 110 min
Language: French with English Subtitles
Based on the controversial case that shook Paris in 2006, this powerful French thriller is taut and suspenseful even for those who know the outcome of the story. Ilan Halimi, a young Parisian Jew, is abducted and sequestered. Convinced that all Jews have money, the "Gang of Barbarians" responsible for his kidnapping believe that a large ransom will be paid in exchange for Halimi's freedom. Thus begins an intense police procedural that brilliantly captures the frustration of the Halimi family, the investigators, and the criminals, as the story unfolds over 24 harrowing days. The negotiations between Ilan's father and the kidnappers are gripping, but so, too, are the efforts of Ilan's mother, Ruth, to rescue her son. 24 DAYS is a provocative film that sheds light on contemporary European anti-Semitism.
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