Holocaust denial film unveiled at Toronto International Film Festival

By REUTERS, JTA
September 12, 2016 16:30

Rachel Weisz starts in 'Denial,' about American Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt’s real-life legal battle with prominent Holocaust denier British historian David Irving in the 1990s.




Actress Rachel Weisz at the premiere of the film Denial

Actress Rachel Weisz at the premiere of the film Denial

British Jewish actress Rachel Weisz hit the red carpet on Monday to unveil her latest film Denial at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film dramatizes American Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt’s real-life legal battle with prominent Holocaust denier British historian David Irving in the 1990s.

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British playwright David Hare adapted Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier” for the screenplay. Both book and film recount how Irving sued Lipstadt for libel in England for calling him a “Holocaust denier.” Because English libel law puts the burden of proof on the defendant, Lipstadt essentially had to prove that the Holocaust happened to win the case.

Mick Jackson directed the film. Timothy Spall co-stars as Irving.

Lipstadt is now the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University.

The movie comes to theaters around North America on September 30. An Israeli release date has not yet been announced.

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