Date(s) - 18/07/2014
Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
Drama, 105 min Written and directed by Joseph Cedar
Synopsis: Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in “Talmud” Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. While his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, which appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son Uriel, meanwhile, is thrilled to see his father’s achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his father’s
Awards and Festivals The film won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The film won nine prizes at the 2011 Ophir Awards The film was named as one of the nine shortlisted entries for the Oscars, 2012. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Film, but lost to the Iranian film A Separation.
Original Language: Russian, Hebrew and English