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Screening “Simone: Woman of the Century”, followed by a Q&A with Actress Elsa Zylberstein


La Maison Française
Embassy of France 4101 Reservoir Rd.
Washington D.C., United States 20007

December 5, 2023


The Villa Albertine in Washington D.C. , the Washington Jewish Film Festival and Filmfest DC are organizing a special screening of Simone: Woman of the Century, a powerful movie about the life of French political leader Simone Veil. This unique event will be followed by a Q&A with Actress Elsa Zylberstein. 

Both epic and intimate, Simone: Woman of the Century (2021, 2h10) shares the powerful story of pioneering French political leader Simone Veil (1927-2017), recounted through the pivotal and tumultuous events of the 20th century. Veil, a holocaust survivor, challenged existing laws and perceptions—particularly in human rights and women’s equality—furthering a humanist view that remains relevant in our time.

“Elsa Zylberstein delivers a masterful performance.” – Public

Renowned French director/writer Olivier Dahan has been widely recognized for his films, including the Academy Award-winning La Vie en Rose starring Marion Cotillard. Simone: Woman of the Century earned a 2023 César Award for Best Costume Design.

Actress Elsa Zylberstein will join us in person for a Q&A moderated by Edna Friedberg following the screening.

Dr. Edna Friedberg is a Senior Curator at the Holocaust Museum and the host of the Museum’s popular Stay Connected Live programs on Facebook and YouTube. Dr. Friedberg joined the Museum’s staff in 1999 and was the Historian for the online Holocaust Encyclopedia, now available in twenty languages. She also curated a special exhibit about the Nuremberg trials and postwar justice. Dr. Friedberg’s essays connecting Holocaust history with social, cultural, and political trends today have appeared in publications including The AtlanticThe Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The Forward.

This event is made possible thanks to the support of TV5 Monde.

In partnership with

La Maison Française

Unique among French diplomatic missions, La Maison Française at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C., offers an environment that encourages friendly relations between states, promotes outreach and cultural events, and serves as a center for professional and educational activities.

Filmfest DC 2023

Washington, DC International Film Festival

Filmfest DC’s showcases new films from around the globe – from premieres, comedies, thrillers, dramas, to social justice documentaries, as well as new films by Washington filmmakers is seeks to bring people together to celebrate the power of cinema.

JxJ: Washington, D.C. Jewish Film and Music 

Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ encompasses the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals, alongside a year-round film and music program. JxJ’s year-round program consists of advance and sneak peek screenings, limited theatrical runs and post-screenings conversations that take place at a state-of-the-art concert and cinema venue in the Edlavitch DCJCC on 16th and Q Streets. Join JxJ for the upcoming festival, running May 9-19 2024!


TV5MONDE is a global French language entertainment network that showcases premium films and programs from across the world. With more than 1.5 million viewers nationwide in the USA, TV5MONDE is a renowned leader in French language entertainment.

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