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Saturday, January 20 at 7:30pm Miami Theater Center
Sunday, January 21 at 3:00pm The Hub at Temple Beth Am
Streaming January 22-24, 2024 Digital Screening Room

USA | 102 minutes | 2023

Avenue of the Giants

Southeast US Premiere

Beautiful performances from Stephen Lang (Avatar) and Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) anchor a tale of personal strength and sacrifice in this cinematic masterpiece inspired by true events about a man harboring a haunting secret as a Holocaust survivor. Set in locations as disparate as Terezín, Prague, and the Avenue of the Giants drive in California’s Humboldt Redwoods State Park, this is an inspiring story about the transformative power of friendship and healing. For more than 50 years, Auschwitz survivor Herbert Heller (Stephen Lang) kept his memories of the Holocaust secret — even from his wife and children. But when he meets Abbey (Elsie Fisher), a troubled teen dealing with her own unspoken pain, Herbert decides it’s time to talk and finally open his heart. Through sharing their personal traumas, Herbert and Abbey become the unlikeliest of friends, allies in healing whose bond brings them a previously undiscovered sense of purpose. With stunning reenactments of Herbert’s struggles to survive during WWII, this touching film demonstrates that hope and redemption can come from anywhere if we’re open to it.

This special premiere event will feature the attendance of actors Stephen Lang, Elsie Fisher, and Luke Blumm, as well as director Finn Taylor and producer Jeanine Thomas, who will introduce the film and participate in an extended conversation afterward.

Director's Bio

Directed by Finn Taylor

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Finn Taylor is a writer, director, and a three-time Sundance Film Festival alum. His films include Dream with the Fishes (1997), Cherish (2002), The Darwin Awards (2006), and Unleashed (2016). Avenue of the Giants is Finn’s fifth feature film.

Cast and Credits


Finn Taylor


Finn Taylor


Antonio Riestra, Alexander Surkala


Rick LeCompte, Kaufmanová Olina


Stephen Lang, Elsie Fisher, Luke Blumm, Robin Weigert

Film Info






102 minutes


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