One Week and a Day

NR, 97 minutes

This screening is part of: CINEMA JUDAICA II

“Wry, irreverant, rueful, silly, and stunningly cathartic”*, ONE WEEK AND A DAY is Asoph Polonsky’s comedy/drama about Eyal and Vicky, two parents, after their week sitting shiva after the death of their 25-year-old son. While Vicky returns to teaching, Eyal steals his dead son’s medical marijuana and proceeds to get high. As the world refuses to accommodate their sensitivities during their time of bereavement, the two grieving parents find themselves acting in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain a sense of control over their lives. Winner of eight awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival, including Best First Film and Best Israeli Feature. (2017, Asoph Polonsky, Israel, 95 min, NR, DCP, English subtitles)

“An incredibly tactful tragicomedy from debut writer/director Asaph Polonsky.” -RogerEbert.com

*” … a surprising Israeli comedy about grief. It’s wry, irreverent, rueful, silly, and stunningly cathartic. Polonsky’s debut feature may be slender, but it boasts a smart, compelling take on the selfishness of misery and an unsentimental view of the way out of it. The movie marries chuckles to shocks of recognition.” -Film Comment

“With a title that sounds standard but turns out to be specific … keeps an impeccable balance between absurdity and sadness, comedy and heartbreak.” -Los Angeles Times


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