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26TH TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVALFESTIVAL MAY 3-13, 2018

The N°5 War La guerre du numéro 5

Documentary

Screening Information

Canadian Premiere
May 6 - 5:30PM
Alliance Francaise
May 8 - 3:30PM
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk 9

Film Details

Country France
Year 2017
Running Time 52 MIN
Languages French, English
Subtitles English
Director Stéphane Benhamou
Theme WW2

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Description

In 1921, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel created her iconic fragrance, Chanel N°5, which quickly became the ultimate symbol of luxury. French-Jewish businessmen, the Wertheimer brothers, financially backed the perfume. Never satisfied with the ownership agreement, Chanel used her Vichy connections and the war’s Aryanization laws to try to force the Wertheimers out of the contract. Stéphane Benhamou’s film is a fascinating exposé of the woman behind the luxury brand, including her affair with a high ranking Nazi intelligence officer. Investigated for collaboration after the war, Chanel was released due to lack of evidence.

Presentation Details

Followed By Skype Q & A With Director Stephanie Benhamu
Co-presented With
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