A seemingly benign real estate deal between a bourgeois French couple and a dangerous, antisemitic conspiracy theorist quickly turns into a sinister standoff in this superbly acted and provocative film. NOTE: Screens Virtually Only: Streaming window is 48 hrs after hit "play" and expires Sun. March 26 at 11:59pm.

  • Philippe Le Guay
  • France
  • 114 minutes
  • PG-13

    [Virtual Only]

    In this gripping psychological thriller, a benign real estate deal turns into a sinister and suspenseful standoff between a bourgeois French couple and a dangerous stranger. When a Parisian architect (Jérémie Renier) and his wife (Bérénice Bejo, THE ARTIST) sell their apartment’s unused storage cellar to a well-mannered former history teacher (François Cluzet), the stranger’s secret life as an antisemitic conspiracy theorist and Holocaust denier emerges after he takes up residence. As the couple struggles to rescind the sale, their increasingly menacing buyer insinuates himself into their lives and that of their naive teenage daughter, turning the family’s idyllic world upside down. Provocative and superbly acted, this nightmare scenario (based on a true story) will keep audiences guessing from one unsettling moment to the next. MAN IN THE BASEMENT intelligently explores France’s hidden history of antisemitism through compelling and suspenseful storytelling.

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Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is one of the largest and longest-running film festivals in the Pacific Northwest and one of the leading Jewish film festivals in the country. A cornerstone program of the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) and its Arts + Ideas Program, each spring SJFF brings people together from across Washington State—and virtually around the globe—to celebrate and showcase the vibrancy and diversity of Jewish and Israeli life through cinema. Year-round, SJFF and SJCC Arts + Ideas present a season of performing and visual arts, author and chef talks—in-person, livestreamed, and virtually—to build connections, unlock perspectives, engage the community, and uplift the human spirit. Follow us on Facebook / Twitter (@seattlejff) and Instagram (@sjcc.arts).  

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