A-Z Films presents
Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Aidan Quinn, Niels Arestrup
Language: French, English
Producer: Stéphane Marsil
Screenplay: Serge Joncour, Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Following its critical acclaim at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and a brand new edit, Sarah’s Key, directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, will open in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver beginning July 29. In the U.S., Weinstein Co., opens the film beginning July 22.
Opening in Canada:
July 29 – Montreal
August 12 – Toronto **TBC**
August 19 – Ottawa
August 26 – Vancouver
Based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s book Elle s’appelait Sarah (spent many weeks on the New York Times best seller list and sold well over 2 million copies worldwide) it follows the story of an American journalist in Paris, Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas) researching an article about the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942 in France. She stumbles across a story about a 10-year old Jewish girl named Sarah, who in ‘42 was taken along with her parents, by the French police who went door‐to‐door in the middle of the night arresting Jewish families. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard – their secret hiding place – and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. More than sixty years later, Julia stumbles on the terrible secret that the home Sarah’s family was forced to leave is about to become her own. Julia comes across a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah and changes the way she sees the world.
Sarah’s Key is directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Written by Serge Joncour and Gilles Paquet‐Brenner. The film also stars, Mélusine Mayance, Frédéric Pierrot, Michel Duchaussoy, Dominique Frot, Gisèle Casadesus, and Natasha Mashkevich.
About A-Z Films
President Antoine Zeind has worked in all facets of the motion picture industry, as exhibitor/booker to production and distribution. He opened A-Z Films in 1998, where the company both produces and distributes feature-length motion pictures, as well as distributes DVD’s and broadcasts its features on Canadian television. A-Z Films purchases the rights to distribute foreign films from such countries as France, the United Kingdom, India, Italy, Denmark, and the USA, to the Canadian market; and A-Z Films is also the exclusive distributor in Canada of U.S. distributor Outsider Pictures.
“A heartbreaking, wonderfully acted and superbly dramatized drama.”
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
“Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s adaptation of Tatiana de Rosnay’s novel uses the atrocity as a treatise on personal survival and new beginnings that is eloquently delivered by star Kristin Scott Thomas.”
Tim Grierson, Screen Daily
“Awash in alternating wonderful, horrifying and tear-inducing moments, Sarah’s Key delivers.”
Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
*WINNER – Tokyo Film Festival Audience Award!