Opening Night Film - Centerpiece Film
Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Director: Mick Jackson
Runtime: 110 minutes
The real-life subject of the film, Deborah E. Lipstadt, will join live via Skype for a post-film Q-and-A. The discussion will be moderated by Anna Holian, Ph.D., associate professor of modern European history at Arizona State University.
Based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.
Principal Cast: Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson
Writer: David Hare
Producers: Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff Cinematographer: Haris Zambarloukos
Editor: Justine Wright
Music: Howard Shore