IFC FilmsA poster image for the Holocaust film “Shoah.”
Claude Lanzmann’s epic Holocaust documentary, “Shoah,” will receive a new release to mark its 25th anniversary, using two 35 mm prints of the film that will be shown at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the IFC Center in December, IFC Films said on Tuesday.
Mr. Lanzmann, a French Jewish filmmaker, spent 11 years making the nine-and-a-half-hour “Shoah,” which does not use historical footage and instead consists primarily of first-person interviews conducted in 14 countries with survivors, witnesses and accomplices: a barber who sheared the hair of women before they were killed in the gas chambers of Treblinka, a locomotive engineer who drove Jews to their deaths.
Mr. Lanzmann said in a statement: “Museums come to terms with death and institute forgetting as well as memory. On the contrary, ‘Shoah,’ because it is an incarnation, because nothing will ever replace Abraham Bomba’s tears, Filip Müller’s reverberating voice, or the minute-by-minute description of the executions in Treblinka by the Unterscharführer Franz Suchomel or Polish train conductor Henrik Gavkowski, ‘Shoah’ is an absolute barricade, the true wall against oblivion.”
IFC Films said it would present “Shoah” at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas starting on Dec. 10 and at the IFC Center beginning Dec. 24, followed by a national release in the new year.