Brighton Unite Against Fascism and UCU present The Round up
Thursday, 24 January 2013 6.00pm.
G7 pavilion parade, Brighton University (entry free/donation)
A 2010 box office hit in France, Roselyne Bosch’s star-studded and tense drama throws a powerful light on one of the most disturbing episodes in recent French history. Based on meticulous research and told through the story of several Jewish families who find themselves taken unawares by the ferocious turn of events, the film portrays the few weeks in July 1942, when more than 13,000 Parisian Jews, including more than 4,000 children, were rounded up and taken to the now notorious Vel’ d’Hiv stadium.
A powerful and gripping treatment of a story ignored until relatively recently, The Round Up also features a prestigious cast including Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code) Gad Elmaleh (Comme ton Pére) and Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds). (Judy Ironside).
From the Winter Velodrome, to the camp at Beaune la Rolande, from Vichy to the terrace of Hitler’s Berghof, The Round up charts the real-life destiny of the victims and their persecutors. Those who orchestrated it. Those whose trust was tragically misplaced. Those who fled. Those who resisted. All the characters in this film are real. All the events, even the most extreme, took place in that summer of 1942.