MARCELINE. A WOMAN. A CENTURY, a fascinating portrait of the persevering French filmmaker, writer, and Holocaust survivor Marceline Loridan-Ivens, will have its New York premiere at the New York Jewish Film Festival on Wednesday, January 22nd at 6:00. Director Cordelia Dvorak will be in attendance for a Q&A. Get tickets here.
Loridan-Ivens’s autobiographical feature The Birch Tree Meadow will play before and after at 1:15 and 8:15 with an introduction by Richard Peña, Professor of Professional Practice in Film, Columbia University, at the evening screening.
Marceline was only 15 when both she and her father, a Polish Jew from Lódź, were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. She survived but her father didn’t and she had to find radical and unconventional ways to heal In 1961, she appeared in Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin’s landmark film Chronicle of a Summer, which gave birth to the term cinema verité. Later she married the legendary Dutch documentary director Joris Ivens, traveled with him to Vietnam, and co-directed films such as 17th Parallel: Vietnam in War (1968) and How Yukong Moved the Mountains (1976). Filmed as she was nearing 90 years old and living in Paris, MARCELINE. A WOMAN. A CENTURY spans the broad arc of her life from Holocaust survivor to political activist to combatively critical filmmaker. Looking back on the momentous events she experienced and filmed such as the Algerian and Vietnam Wars and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, MARCELINE is a thought-provoking chronicle of a remarkable witness of the 20th century. Learn more.