Nadav Lapid France
Israel / 2019 / 123 minutes
In French and Hebrew with English subtitles
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Newly arrived from Israel, Yoav knocks on the door of the Parisian flat where he's supposed to stay, only to discover it is empty. While taking a bath, his belongings are stolen. Yet this young man, full of expectations, isn't easily dissuaded. Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation. Step one is to replace his language; thus he forsakes Hebrew and his dictionary becomes his constant companion. The visits to the Israeli embassy annoy him, the naturalization test has its pitfalls, and the young French couple whom he befriends has some strange ideas about how to help. Yoav's attempts to find himself awaken past demons and open an existential abyss in this tragicomic puzzle that wisely knows how to keep its secrets. Based on the real life experiences of writer-director Nadav Lapid (The Kindergarten Teacher, Policeman), Synonyms, Berlinale’s Golden Bear winner, explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place.
BIO: Nadiv Lapid was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and studied philosophy at Tel Aviv University. He later earned his degree at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. After directing his first short film, Emile’s Girlfriend, in 2006, Lapid’s debut feature film Policeman won the Locarno Festival Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Locarno International Film Festival. Since then, he has gone on to direct three feature films, including The Kindergarten Teacher, released by Kino Lorber and later remade in English. Synonyms won him the prestigious Golden Bear award at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.
Cast/Featuring: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte
Producer(s): Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
Director(s): Nadav Lapid
Screenwriter(s): Nadav Lapid, Haïm Lapid
Cinematographer(s): Shaï Goldman
Editor(s): Era Lapid, François Gédigier, Neta Braun
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