PORTLAND – The Maine Jewish Film Festival will present “Four Seasons Lodge” in honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, Tuesday, April 21, at the Portland Museum of Art.

The film will be shown for free at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

In the words of Fran Lask, 82, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen, “This is our revenge on Hitler. To live this long, this well, is a victory.” Lask’s sentiments, as well as those of other Holocaust survivors, are revealed in “Four Seasons Lodge” as the film follows a group of Holocaust survivors during what might be their final summer together at a bungalow colony in the Catskill Mountains.

Directed by New York Times journalist Andrew Jacobs, the film explores the power of friendship and the drive to find joy despite painful memories. Cinematography is by a team of filmmakers, including Albert Maysles.

The Holocaust documentary is a fusion of ribald humor and stories of unimaginable loss, the last of the Borscht Belt crooners and a family made up entirely of friends and lovers. The characters dance, flirt and fight as the fate of their community hangs in the balance.

Matthew Lavine, the film’s producer, will be present for an after-film Q&A.


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