Athens International Film Festival

Synonyms

22/09/19, 19:00, ASTOR
23/09/19, 22:00, ASTOR

Deserving of its Golden Bear award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, the film tells the story of a rebellious young Israeli man who travels to Paris in search of a better life. But will he be able to settle into this new setting or will he end up a stranger in a foreign land incapable of accepting him? Navigating between comedy and drama and boasting an explosive performance by newcomer Tom Mercier, the most talked-about Israeli director offers a courageous and unconventional film which more than justifies the grand awards it has won.


FRANCE, ISRAEL, GERMANY, | 2019 | COLOR | DCP | 123΄ | FRENCH

The well worthy winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival is the most talkedabout new director of his country. Just like the protagonist of his film, he too left Israel for Paris, seeking the oxygen of a better life. Part of his memories are integrated into his new film, an adventurous existential documentation of a foreigner’s exploration of utopias in an unfamiliar country which cannot accept him.

The role of young Yoav is played by a fiery new actor with many unexpected qualities, Tom Mercier, who marks with his paroxysmal presence the image of a rebel young man who runs to hide from demons that may be just his own. All this is shown in an automatic, impulsive way, with the director moving skilfully between comedy and tragedy, presenting us with a bold unconventional film, a film worthy of its awards. L.K.

DIRECTOR: Nadav Lapid
SCREENWRITERS: Nadav Lapid, Haïm Lapid
DoP: Shaï Goldman
EDITORS: Era Lapid, François Gédigier, Neta Braun
PRINCIPAL CAST: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte

NADAV LAPID
Israeli screenwriter and director born in 1975. He studied philosophy and after his military service he moved to Paris. He returned to Israel to study Film. His debut (‘Policeman’, 2011) won him the Jury Award at Locarno. He has received the honour of Knight of Order of the Arts and Letters in France.

FILMOGRAPHY
2019 Synonymes
2014 The Kindergarten Teacher
2011 Policeman



        : Festival Darlings

        TWILIGHT'S KISS / SUK SUK

        TWILIGHT'S KISS / SUK SUK

        24/9/2020, 19:30, ANESIS

        MARTIN EDEN

        MARTIN EDEN

        24/9/2020, 21:00, STELLA

        NOMADLAND (Opening Film)

        NOMADLAND (Opening Film)

        24/9/2020, 22:15, AEGLI ZAPPIOU

        SAVE YOURSELVES!

        SAVE YOURSELVES!

        24/9/2020, 22:15, RIVIERA
        28/9/2020, 23:00, TRIANON
        4/10/2020, 19:45, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        CICADA

        CICADA

        26/9/2020, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
        3/10/2020, 19:45, TRIANON

         THERE IS NO EVIL / SHEYTAN VOJUD NADARAD

        THERE IS NO EVIL / SHEYTAN VOJUD NADARAD

        26/9/2020, 22:30, ANESIS

        BLACK BEAR

        BLACK BEAR

        26/9/2020, 22:30, TRIANON
        4/10/2020, 22:45, ANESIS

        ARE WE LOST FOREVER

        ARE WE LOST FOREVER

        26/9/2020, 22:30, ATHINAIA

         SHIRLEY

        SHIRLEY

        26/9/2020, 22:45, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        30/9/2020, 20:00, STELLA
        4/10/2020, 22:45, RIVIERA

        THE EVENING HOUR

        THE EVENING HOUR

        27/9/2020, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
        2/10/2020, 22:30, TRIANON

        ONLY THE ANIMALS / SEULES LES BÊTES

        ONLY THE ANIMALS / SEULES LES BÊTES

        28/9/2020, 19:30, RIVIERA

        ONE OF THESE DAYS

        ONE OF THESE DAYS

        28/9/2020, 21:00, STELLA
        4/10/2020, 23:00, TRIANON

        INSTINCT

        INSTINCT

        29/9/2020, 22:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        1/10/2020, 19:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        FAREWELL AMOR

        FAREWELL AMOR

        30/9/2020, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        3/10/2020, 19:45, STELLA

        DINNER IN AMERICA

        DINNER IN AMERICA

        2/10/2020, 22:15, ATHINAIA
        4/10/2020, 19:45, RIVIERA

        MINAMATA

        MINAMATA

        3/10/2020, 19:30, ATHINAIA

        UNDINE (Closing Film)

        UNDINE (Closing Film)

        3/10/2020, 20:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        3/10/2020, 22:30, RIVIERA

        HOPE / HÅP

        HOPE / HÅP

        3/10/2020, 22:15, ANESIS

        AMMONITE

        AMMONITE

        4/10/2020, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU