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  • Director

    Nadav Lapid

  • Starring

    Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte

  • Run Time

    124 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    France, Israel, Germany

  • Language

    French, Hebrew

  • Director of Photography: Shaï Goldman

  • Editor: Neta Braun, François Gédigier, Era Lapid

  • Produced by: Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt

  • Screenplay by: Nadav Lapid, Haïm Lapid

  • Sound Production: Marina Kertész, Sandy Notarianni, Christophe Vingtrinier


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Part of the European Perspectives Strand


Writer-director Nadav Lapid’s striking new film – Golden Bear-winner at this year’s Berlinale – is vibrant and fearless. Israeli ex-soldier Yoav (Tom Mercier) aims to rid himself of his national identity by moving to Paris and refusing to speak Hebrew. However, Israel and its language just won’t leave him alone. Lapid cleverly plays with clichés and national stereotypes (whether they be French, Israeli or Palestinian). Yoav’s abrasive and funny behaviour drives this challenging and intriguing film, partly based on Lapid’s own story. [15]

This strand is supported by James and Morag Anderson.

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