Based on the best-selling novel by Amos Oz, which tells the story of Shmuel Ash who takes a job as companion to the elderly Gershom Wald. The two grapple about the humanity of Jesus and the betrayal of Judas Iscariot, the subject of Shmuel’s thesis. Things get complicated when Shmuel falls in love with Wald’s widowed daughter-in-law, Atalia. A tangle of relationships that also touches on the issues of the roots of anti-Semitism, the origins of the Jewish-Arab conflict, and the complex reality in Israel.
WHY WE LIKE THIS FILM: Set in the late 1950s in Israel, this drama by one of the elder statesmen of Israeli filmmaking weaves a number of stories together in an interesting web of ideas.
BONUS PROGRAMMING: Israeli director Dan Wolman is unable to travel to Austin to present the film. Instead, an AJFF interview with Wolman will play after the movie.
Geoblocking: Viewable in Texas only.
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RUN TIME: 84 Minutes
PREMIERE STATUS: Texas Premiere
DIRECTOR(S) BIOGRAPHY:Viewable in Texas only.
CAST:Yuval Livni, Einav Markal, Doron Tavori