The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.

Once in a Lifetime

Les héritiers


Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:05pm
Saturday, Nov. 14 at 4:00pm

A dedicated history teacher at a French high school, Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride) is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, proves more difficult than expected. Frustrated but undaunted, Anne tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the students’ attitudes dramatically. Despite their long-shot odds of winning, these once-rebellious teens soon begin to see themselves in a whole new light. Based on a true story, “Once in a Lifetime” -- which Variety praises as “an ode to tolerance” -- demonstrates the enduring impact of the Holocaust in transforming future generations.

France, 2014, 105 min., French

Directed by

Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar



Film Category

Interfaith Competition Women in Film Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus International Spotlight


Class Issues Holocaust Jewish School Youth


Biopic Drama

Sponsored by

Saint Louis University