France, 100mins, dir. Charles Najman
Julien Schulmann is a comedian. He’s just lost his father, a Polish Jew who survived the concentration camps. Before dying, Julien’s father had drawn up a will stipulating that his other son, Pierre, should be the one to spread his ashes over his homeland. The problem is, Pierre has been missing for two years. The family preference for Pierre opens up a deep wound in Julien that gradually sheds light on an unspeakable secret.
An amusing reflection on what it means to be Jewish in modern-day France, Charles Najman’s absurdist drama readily picks apart the differences between being Jewish and being from Israel, all the while punctuated by the irony and self-deprecation that fundamentally characterizes Jewish humor.
Originally a journalist, writer and regular contributor to several French newspapers and publisher of two books, Charles Najman directed his first documentary Are Dreams Soluble? in 1996. In 1999, he shot his second documentary The Illuminations of Madame Nerval, in which he followed a famous voodoo priestess in Haïti, which won the Grand Prize at the Jean Rouch Festival (Ethnographic Film Committee) and the Grand Prize at the Kalamata International Documentary Film Festival. In 2002 his debut feature Royal Bonbon received numerous nominations and prizes such as the Prix Jean Vigo, and was selected in several festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Locarno International Film Festival and The New York Film Festival.
This screening includes food and drink.
Director Charles Najman