IFC Films to Rerelease Claude Lanzmann's 'Shoah' Doc

The 9 1/2-hour film, in theaters in 1985, reopens in New York City in mid-December.

IFC Films has acquired rights to Claude Lanzmann’s landmark documentary Shoah, which it will rerelease nationally next year.

To mark the film’s 25th anniversary, two new 35mm prints wil first play New York City, opening at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Dec. 10 and IFC Center on Dec. 24.

The 9 1/2-hour film about the Holocaust features interviews with survivors, bystanders and perpetrators in 14 countries.

First released in New York City on Oct. 20, 1985, Shoah won prizes from the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the Boston Society of Film Critics, BAFTA (best documentary), the Césars (honorary) and the IDA Awards.

“It is a profound honor to be entrusted with the re-release of Shoah by Claude Lanzmann and Pascal Caucheteux and our friends at Why Not Productions in Paris. We believe it is important to keep the legacy of this peerless film alive by bringing it to new audiences, and we will aggressively pursue younger audiences and critics to discover the film for the first time,” Jonathan Sehring, IFC Entertainment president, said.

The deal was negotiated by IFC’s Arianna Bocco with Pascal Caucheteux of Why Not Productions on behalf of Lanzmann. 

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