Winner of best screenplay at Cannes, and a nominee for best foreign language film, this film highlights the intense rivalry and generational one-upmanship between a father and son both of whom are professors in the Talmudic studies department at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Ornery father Eliezer (Shlomo Bar Aba), is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. While his bearded son, Uriel (Lior Ashkenzai), is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades. One day, the tables turn. Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son Uriel, meanwhile, is thrilled to see his father’s achievements finally recognized, or is he? In Hebrew with subtitles.
“… a feat of intellectual and cinematic elegance… Plus, it’s funny and smart… told with wild, inventive cinematic flourishes and experimental grace notes…” – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly