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Screen/Society--"Synonyms" (2019 | Nadav Lapid

Still image from SYNONYMS
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Thursday, January 16, 2020
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7:00 pm
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Introduced by Prof. Shai Ginsburg (AMES)

Film Screening:

"Synonyms"
(Nadav Lapid, 2019, 123 min, France/Israel, French & Hebrew w/ subtitles, Color, DCP)

Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Synonyms" features a dynamic lead performance from newcomer Tom Mercier, whose feral intensity practically bursts out of the frame. Mercier plays Yoav, a disaffected young Israeli who flees Tel Aviv for Paris to start a new life. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation.

"Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable." - David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"Furious, brilliant. A movie that turns rage into pain and identity into a howl." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

View trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u1HtImIb6s

Contact: Hank Okazaki