Opening Premier Film Night


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Friday 25th Sept 2015

Surviving Auschwitz


The Fingal Film Festival is proud to present as this years opening film premier, Jacques Ouaniche’s Surviving Auschwitz, which tells the astonishing, harrowing and incredible moving story of a Tunisian Jewish boxer, who became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932. Perez started training as a boxer at age 14 along with his older brother Benjamin “Kid” Perez. Perez rose to great fame via the help and guidance of Leon Bellier and had a brief relationship with French-Italian actress Mireille Balin. The 5’1″, 110-pound Perez won the International Boxing Union’s version of the World Flyweight crown with a 2nd-round knockout of American champion Frankie Genaro, ergo becoming the youngest world champion in boxing history! Perez was arrested in Paris on September 21, 1943 and detained in the Drancy internment camp France, before being transported to Auschwitz where he was assigned to the Monowitz to serve as a slave labourer. Victor Perez arrived at Auschwitz on October 10, 1943, as part of “Transport 60” a group of 1,000. He was held in Auschwitz III/Monowitz. Whilst there he was forced to participate in boxing matches for the amusement of the Nazis. By 1945. Victor had survived 140 bouts in 15 months and won 139. Perez was one of the prisoners on the “Death March” that left the camp on January 18, 1945.


Jacques Ouaniche


Yoni DarmonJacques Ouaniche

Cast :

Brahim AsloumSteve SuissaIsabella Orsini

Running time: 103 minutes

Doors Open at 8:30pm for Wine and Greet

Film Starts at : 9:30pm

Venue : Movies@swords Pavilions Centre , Swords, Co Dublin , Ireland

Tickets: 15:00 euro pp (10:50 Special concessions for students , unwaged and senior citizens limited tickets available) the amount is in a previous email




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The Fingal Film Festivals Opening Premiere Night is always an exciting affair. We open the night one hour prior to the screening for press & PR and to greet you with a glass of wine, so its quite an event to attend . The main feature screened on the opening night is always an independent film, due to go on nationwide release after the festival screening. We always screen a short independent film that has been submitted to our festival the same year prior to the main feature, ensuring the short is seen by a large audience. The Venue is Movies@swords, Pavilions Centre , Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland. Doors open at 8:00pm.

We use the opportunity of the opening night to raise awareness of all films screened during the festival, in turn ensuring these films are seen by larger audiences than other independent film festivals across Ireland. Tickets are limited for this night so book early .

Our Opening Night Premiere film information available in August 2015 tickets on sale in August ( Limited Tickets available )



How to get here?

Public Transport





Swords Express
City Centre to Swords Pavilions via the Port Tunnel
Swords Express Timetable41 Bus
Lower Abbey Street to Swords
41 Timetable

41b Bus
Lower Abbey Street to Swords
41b Timetable

41c Bus
Lower Abbey Street to Swords
41c Timetable

33 Bus
Lower Abbey Street to Swords
Balbriggan to Swords
33 Timetable

102 Bus
Sutton Station to Swords
Dublin Airport to Swords
102 Timetable