Arizona Premiere!

Ahed’s Knee

Saturday, NOVEMBER 13 at 4:45PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $12 • LOFT MEMBERS: $10

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A film of radical style and splenetic anger, Ahed’s Knee, from acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid (Synonyms), follows a celebrated but increasingly dissociated director (Avshalom Pollak) to a small town in the desert region of Arava for a screening of his latest film.

“A startling, intellectually bruising Israeli drama.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety

Already anguished by the news of his mother’s fatal illness (Lapid’s film was made soon after the death of his own mother, who had worked as his editor for many years), he grows frustrated with a speech-restricting form he is encouraged to sign by a local Ministry of Culture worker (Nur Fibak). The confrontation ultimately sends him into a spiral of rage aimed at what he perceives as the censorship, hypocrisy, and violence of the Israeli government. This boldly shot and conceived work, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, feels as though it has welled up from the depths of its maker’s soul. (Dir. by Nadav Lapid, 2021, Israel/France/Germany, in Hebrew/French/German with English subtitles, 109 mins., Not Rated)

Other festivals: Cannes, Toronto, New York