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In the ultra-low-key absurdist comedy “Afterthought,” two troubled men meet in the middle of Haifa’s long, steep stone stairs running from the top of Mount Carmel down to the port, as one ascends and the other descends. Tyro Israeli helmer-writer Elad Keidan, winner of Cannes’ Cinefondation with the short “Anthem” in 2008, here riffs on the human-terrarium style of that earlier work, incorporating distancing long shots, a slow pace, annoying repetition and protagonists who just amble along; the result is more, er, pedestrian and attenuated than cinematic. Still, Jewish fests should step up, and Israeli broadcast play is guaranteed.
At first glance, pudgy, middle-aged Moshe (Uri Klauzner) appears to be a kindly dreamer destined to be one of life’s losers. Even his musician wife, Na’va (Michaela Eshet), treats him like a schlub. When he sees that she is missing one of her earrings from a pair that he gave her for their wedding, »
- Alissa Simon
“Afterthought,” the Israeli film that premieres as a special screening at Cannes next month, will be handled globally by the Match Factory.
An existential comedy set on Mount Carmel, the film (aka Hayored Lema’ala) is Elad Keidan’s debut feature film after his short film “Anthem,” winner of the Cinefondation Award in Cannes in 2008.
The story sees two men both on the mountain, one climbing, one descending, and with differing objectives. Will fate bring them together or keep them on separate tracks? Well-known Israeli actors Itay Tiran (“Forgiveness,” “Lebanon”) and Uri Klauzner (“Kadosh,“ “Kippur“) play the leading roles.
The film was produced by Ez Films head Elie Meirovitz, associate producer of Silver Bear winner “Aferim!” and Eitan Mansuri of Spiro Films, whose producer’s credits include “The Congress” by Ari Folman.
“‘Afterthought’ is a wonderful first film reflecting Elad’s freshness and talent that you rarely come across. Elie and Eitan are wonderful producers. »
- Patrick Frater
2 items from 2015
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