Legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard may be gearing up for a drama about the Holocaust.
The groundbreaking filmmaker behind “Breathless” and “A Woman Is a Woman” is considering an adaptation of the 2006 memoir “The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million,” Daniel Mendelsohn’s account of his research into the wartime fate of relatives from Bolechow, Poland.
A winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Jewish Book Award, “The Lost” would be Mendelsohn’s first work adapted for the screen.
In an e-mail sent from a literary festival in France, the author told The Shmooze that he had “no comment at present” about the Godard story, first published by The Hollywood Reporter on June 3. “[I]f and when there is a film,” he added, it will be publicized in an “appropriate fashion.”
For Godard, a movie version of “The Lost” would mark his first cinematic foray into the Holocaust. The filmmaker, born in Paris in 1930, is currently at work on “Socialisme,” his first feature-length drama since 2004’s “Our Music.”
Known for incorporating Marxist and other political messages into his films, Godard was scheduled to attend a student film festival in Tel Aviv last year, but pulled out after becoming the target of an open letter by activists advocating a boycott of Israel. The filmmaker declined public comment at the time, but an unnamed source speaking with Reuters attributed the decision to political pressure.
This story "Will Jean-Luc Godard Tackle the Holocaust?" was written by Nathan Burstein.