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Weekend cinema. Nadav Lapid’s anger on the big screen

“Le Genou d’Ahed” by Nadav Lapid (PYRAMID DISTRIBUTION)

Two years ago Nadav Lapid walked his character from Synonyms in the streets of Paris, where he spoke all the bad things he thought about his country, Israel. In Ahed’s Knee, jury prize at Cannes, the director stages Y, his alter ego and this time, this anger explodes. Y, the very physical Avishalom Pollak, and for good reason, he is also a choreographer, lives an experience that Nadav Lapid himself lived: invited to a cultural center deep in the desert to present his film, he must sign a form in which he undertakes not to broach certain embarrassing subjects during the discussion with the public.

The character starts off as a sort of superhero and ends as a human, with all his weakness.

Director Nadav Lapid

In a flood of words as powerful as bullets, Y then expresses all his disgust for what is becoming of his country, where artistic freedom is hampered as much by the authorities as by a deaf self-censorship. Carried by supercharged images, Nadav Lapid summons the violent memories of his military service and the ghost of his mother, who recently disappeared, and who was his editor. A shameless introspection, brilliant and in which he does not spare himself.

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