once in a lifetime audience winner

ONCE IN A LIFETIME (LES HÉRITIERS) WINS “THE WAVE FILM FESTIVAL” AUDIENCE AWARD

MARIE-CASTILLE MENTION SCHAAR DIRECTED FILM TAKES HOME TOP HONOR

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) announced today that ONCE IN A LIFETIME (LES HÉRITIERS), Marie-Castille Mention Schaar’s emotional drama about an inner city high school teacher who enrolls her students in a competition around what it meant to be a teen in a Nazi concentration camp, took home the audience award in the third annual “Wave Film Festival”. The Wave Film Festival took place recently on July 15th through July 19th. The dates and subject of films for the 4th edition of The Wave Film Festival will be announced shortly as well.

Written by Mention-Schaar and Ahmed Dramé, ONCE IN A LIFETIME (LES HÉRITIERS) features a French cast including: Ariane Ascaride, Geneviève Mnich, Ahmed Dramé and Stéphane Bak.

“The actors in this film give such a honest, emotional portrayal that it is hard to not be moved by this film” said Mickey Duzdevich, the director of Wave Film Festival. “Besides being beautifully crafted, this film touches upon a powerful subject matter in such an unique and special way. We could not be more happy to have this incredible film a part of our film festival.”

Additional films screened at the festival include: Yann Gozlan’s A PERFECT MAN (UN HOMME IDEAL), Emmanuel Mouret’s CAPRICE, Thomas Lilti’s HIPPOCRATES: DIARY OF A FRENCH DOCTOR, Matthieu Delaporte’s NOBODY FROM NOWHERE (UN ILLUSTRE INCONNU), Jeanne Herry’s NUMBER ONE FAN (ELLE L’ADORE), Olivier Panchot’s MARSEILLE (DE GUERRE LASSE), Anne Le Ny’s THE CHEF’S WIFE, Élodie Namer’s THE TOURNAMENT (LE TOURNOI), Stéphane Demoustier’s 40-LOVE (TERRE BATTUE), Serge Frydman’s NOW OR NEVER (MAINTENANT OU JAMAIS).