AHED’S KNEE World Cinema


Following the theatrical screening, watch a special pre-recorded conversation with director Nadav Lapid moderated by AFI Festivals Programmer Malin Kan.

Filmmaker Y, widely known for his insufferable arrogance and self-righteousness, has just arrived in the remote Arava Valley to introduce his film at the local library when Yahalom, a librarian under the Minister of Culture, presents him with a waiver dictating that he must not stray from pre-approved topics in his remarks. Privately struggling with the waning health of his mother, Y becomes enraged and, when Yahalom expresses sympathy, the filmmaker seizes the opportunity to expose governmental hypocrisy. Spinning wildly around such complex questions as the moral obligation of a citizen whose country is becoming increasingly oppressive and censorial, and the inherent privilege in speaking out against such injustices, the latest from celebrated Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid is a provocation as intimate as it is extreme. –Malin Kan

Nadav Lapid is a writer and director from Tel Aviv. He has directed three feature films: POLICEMAN (2011), THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER (2014) and SYNONYMS (which won the Golden Bear and FIPRESCI award at the 2019 Berlinale). His latest feature film, AHED’S KNEE, won the Jury Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Clemence Taillandier
Kino Lorber


Country: Israel

Year: 2021

Director: Nadav Lapid

Screenwriter: Nadav Lapid

Producer: Judith Lou Levy

Executive Producer: Zehava Shekel

Director of Photography: Shaï Goldman

Editor: Nili Feller

Production Designer: Pascale Consigny

Cast/Featuring: Avshalom Pollak, Nur Fibak, Yoram Honig, Lidor Ederi, Yonathan Kugler, Yehonathan Vilozni, Naama Preis

Running Time (minutes): 109

Language: Hebrew