The Israeli director is back in force on the Croisette.
For the first time in competition in Cannes, Nadav Lapid caused a sensation, especially within the editorial staff of Première. His new feature film, Ahed’s Knee (Ha’berech in original version), is a partly autobiographical story about an Israeli filmmaker who comes to attend the screening of one of his films in a remote village at the end of the desert. A first twirling teaser has been unveiled by Pyramide which will distribute it in France from September 15, 2021.
On the Cannes Film Festival website, Lapid explains the origin of the project as follows:
“In the spring of 2018, while I was invited to the screening of L’Institutrice in a village in the Israeli desert, I was contacted by an official from the Ministry of Culture who asked me to return a signed form in which the subjects discussed after the screening were specified. You didn’t have to be a genius to realize that this was a form of censorship. The other origin of the film is the illness of my mother, who was also my editor. She died a month and a half after this episode. I wrote Ahed’s Knee script immediately, in two short weeks, in a sort of mourning gesture.“