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The Man in the Basement Opening Night Film


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Marsha Bronfman

Screening Information

Ontario Premiere
June 1, 8:00 pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Film Details

Country France
Year 2021
Running Time 114 MIN
Language French
Subtitles English
Director Philippe Le Guay

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Starring Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and François Cluzet (Untouchables), The Man in the Basement is a suspenseful psychological thriller and a timely exploration of antisemitism. Parisian couple Simon and Helene Sandberg are relieved when they find a trustworthy buyer for the basement in the apartment building they own. Only after the deed is signed do they discover that he is not the benign former teacher he initially portrayed himself to be, but a Holocaust denier who propagates his lies on the internet. As the couple struggles to rescind the sale, the increasingly menacing buyer insinuates himself with their teenage daughter, turning the family’s idyllic world upside down.

Presentation Details

In-person Guest Director Philippe Le Guay

Reviews "A gripping, smart and timely film that’s part thriller, part domestic drama and all cautionary tale” Los Angeles Times

"The performances are impeccable" The Wrap