At 80, Jeanne Moreau remembers the Holocaust
French film star Jeanne Moreau on Monday said she still carries painful childhood memories of the Holocaust, the subject of her latest movie
BERLIN, Feb 12, 2008 - French film star Jeanne Moreau on Monday said
she still carries painful childhood memories of the Holocaust, the subject of
her latest movie which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
"I was born in 1928 and went through the occupation (of France) when I was
11," the star of "Jules and Jim", who turned 80 in January, said after a press
"But in college my little friends had to wear the yellow star, and from one
day to another they would disappear... this was our daily life."
"Then I was asked by communists to distribute some leaflets... Of course we
knew what was happening."
In Israeli director Amos Gitai's film "Later", Moreau plays a grandmother
who has for more than 40 years suppressed the pain of having lost both parents
in the Nazis' death camps.
The film is set in Paris in 1987, during the trial of the Nazi war criminal
Klaus Barbie, who was known as the "The Butcher of Lyon", and the event forces
the old woman's emotions to the surface.
At the same time her son, played by Hippolyte Girardot, embarks on a
journey to research his family history because she never spoke about her
parents and rebuffed his questions by talking instead about her collection of
"Later" is based on an autobiographical novel by Jerome Clement, the head
of the French-German television channel, Arte.
The film is screening in the Berlinale Special section of the 58th Berlin
Film Festival, which is running until Sunday.