Biopic about Shoah survivor and ex-minister Simone Veil reportedly in pipeline
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Biopic about Shoah survivor and ex-minister Simone Veil reportedly in pipeline

French actress Elsa Zylberstein, whose father was Jewish, is tipped to play the part of Simone Veil in the biopic directed by Olivier Dahan.

Simone Veil
Simone Veil

A new biopic of the Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor and revered politician Simone Veil is currently in production, according to French media reports.

French actress Elsa Zylberstein is tipped to play the part of Simone Veil in the biopic directed by Olivier Dahan, known for “La Vie en Rose” (2007) and “Grace of Monaco” (2014).

The script is to be co-written by the journalist and novelist Vanessa Schneider, as first reported by the industry publication Le Film Francais and later confirmed by HuffPost.

Simone Veil, who passed away in 2017, was captured by Nazis in 1944 when she was just 16 and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau before she was moved to a second camp at Bergen-Belsen.

She went on to become one of France’s most respected politicians and received the rare honour of being buried at the Pantheon, the final resting place of French heroes.

The fourth woman to be honoured at the Pantheon alongside 72 men, Veil helped spearhead contraception and abortion legislation in her role as health minister despite bitter opposition. 

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