24 Days

Poster for 24 Days 20 January 2006, after Shabbat dinner, Ilan decided, against the advice of his mother, to go out and celebrate. He comforts his mother by kissing her as he heads out. Ruth Halimi will never see her son again...

Original title:
24 jours
110 minutes
Alexandre Arcady

Shown at

  1. 12th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  2. 13th Annual Ruth and Bernard Friedman Windsor Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  3. 13th Annual Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  4. 13th Annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  5. 14th Annual Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  6. 14th Annual Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  7. 14th Annual Jewish Omaha Film Festival - 2015
  8. 15th Annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  9. 17th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Grand Rapids - 2015
  10. 17th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2015
  11. 18th Annual New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  12. 18th CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  13. 19th Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  14. 19th Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  15. 20th Annual East Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  16. 21st Annual Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  17. 21st Annual Jewish and Israeli Film Festival (Allentown) - 2016
  18. 22nd Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  19. 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  20. 25th Annual Orange County International Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  21. 25th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  22. 25th Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  23. 25th Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  24. 30th Annual Buffalo International Jewish Film - 2015
  25. 6th Annual Sioux City Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  26. Ames-Azalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  27. Annual Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  28. Athens Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  29. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  30. Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  31. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  32. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  33. Central Florida Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  34. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  35. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  36. Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - 2015
  37. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  38. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  39. Columbus Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  40. Dayton Jewish International Film Festival - 2015
  41. DPJCC's 15th Annual Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  42. Edmonton Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  43. Fresno Jewish Film Series - 2015
  44. Gainesville Jewish Film Fest - 2015
  45. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  46. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  47. Jewish Arts and Film Festival of Fairfield County - 2014
  48. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2015
  49. Judaica - Mostra de Cultura e Cinema - 2015
  50. Nashville Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  51. New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  52. New Jersey Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  53. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  54. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  55. Sarasota-Manatee Israel Film Festival - 2016
  56. Savannah Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  57. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  58. Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  59. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  60. Stockholms Judiska Filmfestival - 2014
  61. Suffolk Y JCC International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  62. Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  63. Treasure Coast Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  64. Triad Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  65. Virginia Festival of Jewish Film - 2015
  66. Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  67. Wilmington Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  68. Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  69. Zsido Film Fesztival - 2015

16 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    The Daily Beast: Tracy McNicoll: A Horror Story of True-Life Anti-Semitism in France

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    JTA: Cnaan Liphshiz: Upcoming Halimi movie part of wave of renewed interest in ’06 murder

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    The Lia Award, in Honor of Jerusalem Cinematheque Founder Lia van Leer for Films dealing with Jewish Heritage, in the sum of 10,000 NIS, is granted to Alexandre Arcady director of 24 Days
    Jury remarks: This suspenseful drama manages to avoid clichés and intricately presents the experience of anti-Jewish violence in France. This is a film of great social significance that shows the tragic consequences that arise when violence is ignored and when racist stereotypes are accepted.

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    24 DAYS: The True Story of the Ilan Halimi Affair
    In 2006, Ilan Halimi was abducted off the streets of a Paris suburb by a group identifying themselves as the Gang of Barbarians. For nearly a month, the 23-year-old Jewish man was tortured until he died.

    Based on the book by Ilan’s mother Ruth, and filmed in France in 2014, “24 Days: The True Story of the Ilan Halimi Affair” is a gripping dramatization of the massive police manhunt and the family’s nightmarish ordeal as they race the clock to find Ilan and his abductors. The film portrays a despicable episode in recent French history – one that seems to have taken on almost prophetic significance, in light of last week’s events in Paris.

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    Elle est entrée dans une boutique de téléphonie sur le boulevard Voltaire. Elle a fait mine de s’intéresser aux nouveaux portables, a obtenu le numéro du vendeur et s’en est allée. Elle l’a rappelé dès le lendemain, lui a dit qu’elle voulait le revoir. Ilan ne s’est pas méfié. Il avait vingt-trois ans, la vie devant lui… Comment pouvait-il se douter qu’en rejoignant cette jolie fille dans un café de la porte d’Orléans, il avait rendez-vous avec la mort ?


  6. jewishfilmfests says:

    The filmmaker has said one of his main reasons for doing the film was to remind people of the victims, not the headline-grabbing murderers. He bookends the film with Ilan — a carefree young man embracing life at the beginning, his body being exhumed, destined for burial in Israel at its end. “24 Days” makes it impossible to forget.

  7. jewishfilmfests says:

    Filmed evocatively on location — including one of the bleak Paris suburbs that inspired Matthieu Kassovitz’s 1995 Hate — 24 Days takes strength from real-world specifics. But the most powerful thing about the movie is its rejection of omniscience. The crime it reconstructs is beyond understanding.

  8. jewishfilmfests says:

    As a suspenseful true crime story, “24 Days” succeeds. As a warning against the ever present dangers of anti-Semitism, it is eloquent and disturbing. It’s in combining the two that Arcady mishandles the case.

  9. jewishfilmfests says:

    24 Days is neither subtle nor particularly sophisticated as filmmaking, but its refusal to reduce lived reality to generic tropes is admirable.

  10. jewishfilmfests says:

    Played by Tony Harrisson, Fofana is a snarling cartoon villain and feels no more real. Within the complex dance of the negotiations, his bestial simplicity is unnerving — not only because it paints the possibility of real evil, but because it adds a twist of racial bias to the eventual delivery of justice.

  11. jewishfilmfests says:

    The finale of the movie could arguably be said to offload the anti-Semitism concern onto a non-French-born person of color, which may strike some social-justice-sensitive types as…what’s the word?…”problematic.”

  12. jewishfilmfests says:

    Those heartfelt performances help to somewhat compensate for the lack of depth and emotional resonance in the screenplay, although not enough to turn it into a thoroughly engrossing, intelligent and powerful thriller


  13. jewishfilmfests says:

    “24 Days” is finally a movie about one mother’s fight to turn her son’s horrible fate into a call to arms. It ends as it began, Ruth Halimi addressing us directly, telling of the outpouring of support in letters across all religions. But her last address is from Jerusalem – Ruth Halimi felt the need to move her son’s grave from Paris, afraid that were he left there, it would be defaced. Sadly, she’s probably right.


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