French Director Claude Lanzmann dies at 92

Washington: The French director behind Holocaust documentary ‘Shoah’, Claude Lanzmann, has died at the age of 92.

A spokesperson for the Gallimard publishing house, which published his memoir, told The Hollywood Reporter that Lanzmann died on Thursday in a Paris hospital with no cause of death given.

His death comes one day after the theatrical release of ‘Les Quatre Soeurs’ (The Four Sisters), which features testimonials from four Holocaust survivors not included in his ‘Shoah’.

Lanzmann’s most renowned work, ‘Shoah’ is a nine-and-a-half-hour oral history of the Holocaust, broadly considered to be the foremost film on the subject for which the filmmaker was honoured at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival with a lifetime achievement honour, the Berlinale Golden Bear.

‘Shoah’ was made without the use of any historical footage, and used only first-person testimony from perpetrators and victims, and contemporary footage of Holocaust-related sites.

The documentary won the New York Film Critics Circle award for best non-fiction film and the BAFTA award for best documentary. (ANI)