Fanny's Journey

March 18, 2018 at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

3:30 p.m., Film

Drama / France / 2016 

Director: Lola Doillon  

Running Time: 94 minutes

French with English subtitles


About The Film

Following the arrest of their father in Paris, Fanny and her younger sisters Erika and Georgette are sent to a boarding school in France’s neutral zone. Their safe haven is only temporary however, and the Jewish students are whisked away to another institution where they come under the care of the tough but tender Madame Forman (César-winning actress Cécile de France). As danger advances yet again, the children’s fate is entrusted to 13-year-old Fanny who fearlessly treks through the countryside on a perilous mission to reach the Swiss border, with only wits and solidarity to guide her. Joined by an ensemble of talented child actors, newcomer LéonieSouchaud shines in the titular role of Fanny. Filmmaker Lola Doillon’s handsome production is further bolstered by impressive period details and fine camerawork.


Based on an autobiographical novel by Fanny Ben-Ami, FANNY’S JOURNEY is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one.