Modus Operandi

A film by Hugues Lanneau

From 1942 to 1944, 24,916 Jewish men, women and children were deported from Belgium to Auschwitz. Only 1,206 survived. Modus Operandi raises and systematically answers the question: How did just a handful of Nazis, with the help, voluntary or unwitting, of the Belgian authorities, bring about their destruction? Many films asked "Why did this happen?". Modus Operandi tries to find out "How did this happen?".


Hugues Lanneau
Scenario: Diane Perelsztejn
Original idea:

Willy Perelsztejn

Producer: Willy Perelsztejn
Associate producers: Wilbur Leguebe, Reinhilde Weyns, Philippe Sellier
French voice over: Marthe Keller
Dutch voice over: Chris Lomme
English voice over: Corinne Jaber
Scientific council: José Gotovitch, Jean-Philippe Schreiber, Luis Angel Bernardo y Garcia, Yvan Sevenans, Jean-Jacques Jespers, Willy Perelsztejn
98 minutes - Stereo - Colour

A coproduction © Les Films de la Mémoire - Création et Mémoire - Triangle7 - RTBF - VRT - Shema Israël - Ceges-Soma - Musée juif de la déportation et de la résistance - La Wetterenoise

With the support of le Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique et des télédistributeurs wallons, la Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles, la Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, la Loterie Nationale, le Tax Shelter du gouvernement fédéral de Belgique et ING Tax Shelter de ING Tax Shelter Productions, filiale d'ING Belgium SA.
With the participation of Be TV and la Fondation du Judaïsme de Belgique
Distributed with the help of le Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique et des télédistributeurs wallons

Nominated at the Jewish Film Festival Berlin 2009 (Germany)
Nominated at the Arrêts sur Images 2009 festival in Charleroi (Belgium)
Nominated at the Objectif Doc 2009 festival in Paris (France)
Nominated at the Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo 2008 (Spain)
Nominated at the Festival International du Film d'Amour de Mons 2008 (Belgium)
Nominated at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2008 (Belgium)
Nominated at the Docville Internationaal Filmfestival van Leuven (Belgium)
Nominated at the Brussels Festival International du Film Indépendant 2008 (Belgium)
Nominated at the Jewish Film Festival 2008 in Melbourne (Australia)

Nominated at the Jewish Eye Film Festival 2008 à Ashkelon (Israel)

18.000 viewers in theaters, including 10.000 teenagers from 60 cities of Belgium.

10th of May 2010 – RTBF – 108.652 viewers
11th of May 2010 – VRT / Canvas – 395.551 viewers
With over 504.000 viewers, Modus Operandi is the second best result on Belgian television for a french-speaking Belgian film in recent years, after Palme d'Or winner L'Enfant by the Dardenne brothers.

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