A high-intensity political drama/satire from Israeli director Nadav Lapid, about a filmmaker coming face-to-face with his conscience and the state of a nation’s culture.
Judith Lou Lévy
Avshalom Pollak, Nur Fibak
France-Germany-Israel 2021. 109min
With English subtitles
With his 2019 Berlin Film Festival winner Synonyms, Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid applied wit and furious energy to a vivid portrayal of national contradictions. He ramps up his satirical ferocity even higher in Ahed’s Knee. Y (Avshalom Pollak) is an Israeli filmmaker working on a video piece about Palestinian protester Ahed Tamimi. When he visits Israel’s Arava region to present a film, he is welcomed by Yahalom (Nur Fibak), who works for the Ministry of Culture. She tells him regretfully that he can only talk about approved topics, but Y has his own agenda… Witty, intellectually acute and unrestrained in its political rage, Ahed’s Knee is executed with exuberant stylistic dynamism, making it one of the great provocations of recent cinema, and certainly one of the most passionate.
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