Dir. Olivier Dahan, 2021, France, 140 min
With Elsa Zylberstein, Rebecca Marder, Ėlodie Bouchez
In French with English subtitles
“Elsa Zylberstein delivers a masterful performance.” – Public
Both epic and intimate, Simone: Woman of the Century (2021) shares the powerful story of pioneering French political leader Simone Veil (1927-2017), recounted through the pivotal and tumultuous events of the 20th century. Veil, a holocaust survivor, challenged existing laws and perceptions—particularly in human rights and women’s equality—furthering a humanist view that remains relevant in our time. In her long career of key government roles, including French Magistrate, Minister of Justice, Minister of Health, and President of the European Parliament (as the first woman to preside over that body), she advocated for groundbreaking European integration as a path toward lasting peace.
Renowned French director/writer Olivier Dahan has been widely recognized for his films, including the Academy Award-winning La Vie en Rose starring Marion Cotillard. Simone: Woman of the Century earned a 2023 César Award for Best Costume Design.
Actress Elsa Zylberstein will join us in person for a Q&A following the screening.