About The Film
The kidnapping and torture of a young French-Moroccan Jew, and the harrowing ordeal of his family, are given a searing dramatization in the white-knuckle thriller, 24 DAYS.
Abducted in 2006 on the outskirts of Paris by a multiracial gang, working-class cellphone salesman Ilan Halimi was held for ransom under ghastly conditions for more than three weeks on the theory that since he was Jewish, he must be rich. Faithfully reenacting events from the view of various characters, the story tracks the massive but futile investigation doomed by near-misses and a failure to recognize the case as a hate crime. Meantime, a parallel drama unfolds as powerless loved ones have no choice but to put their trust in the hands of authorities, even as they are tormented by invective-laced phone calls from the captors. A top-notch French cast includes Zabou Breitman and Pascal Elbé as Ilan’s parents, Jacques Gamblin as the lead police detective, and Sylvie Testud as the negotiator-psychologist.
Raising troubling questions about the state of anti-Semitism and race relations in contemporary France, 24 DAYS is winner of the Jewish Experience Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival.
GEN-Y NIGHT PRESENTED WITH ACCESS
The screening on Thursday, January 29 at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station will be preceded by a pre-film cocktail reception at STRIP, across the street from the theater.
Cocktail Reception at 6:00 PM | Film at 8:00 PM