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Dir. Nadav Lapid, 2019. 123 min. Color. DCP.
With Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte
In French, Hebrew and English with French subtitles
Winner Golden Bear and FIPRESCI Prize at Berlin International Film Festival (2019)
Winner Prix Louis Delluc (2019)
Nadav Lapid, one of the most inspiring, unpredictable filmmakers to emerge in the last decade, turns to his own experience with this story of Yoav, a young Israeli who arrives in France barely speaking the language and without any friends, committed to forgetting Israel and becoming a Frenchman. On his first night in Paris, Yoav is robbed of the little he owns and throws himself on the mercy of a bourgeois French couple.
Subversively funny, brilliantly executed, constantly astonishing, and tragic in its political implications, Synonyms won a richly deserved Golden Bear at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival.
“Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable.” — IndieWire