PJFF36 Opening Night: ONE WEEK AND A DAY
Saturday, November 5 | 7:30 PM | Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Directed by Asaph Polonsky
Narrative | Israel | 2016 | 93 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
On Opening Night, PJFF is delighted to present ONE WEEK AND A DAY, a 2016 Israeli drama depicting a day in a life of a middle-aged couple who begin their lives over again after sitting Shiva for their 25-year-old son, Ronnie. This droll yet extraordinarily moving film, directed by newcomer Asaph Polonsky, has screened in the 2016 International CriticsÕ Week at Cannes Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and the Jerusalem Film Festival, garnering glowing reviews from critics and filmgoers alike.
Getting stoned and playing air guitar with your next door neighbors’ twenty-something son are two activities not commonly associated with the Jewish mourning period. Yet for Eyal and Vicky, anything goes. As nothing makes sense after the death of one’s own child, Eyal finds himself grasping for whatever will distract him from returning to the real world, while Vicky remains focused on the path set before her: getting in her morning jog, making sure her students take their pop quiz, and showing up to a long scheduled dental appointment.
Without resorting to sentimentality or melodrama, Polonsky expertly crafts a tender and honest portrait of what it means to navigate the absurdity of life after death. ONE WEEK AND A DAY is a stellar debut from a promising new talent.
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