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Synonymes. With Tom Mercier (Yoav), Quentin Dolmaire (Emile), and Louise Chevillotte (Caroline). מילים נרדפות France / Israel / Germany 2019 in French, 123’ · Colour Director     Nadav Lapid Screenplay     Nadav Lapid, Haïm Lapid Director of Photography     Shaï Goldman Editing     Era Lapid, François Gédigier, Neta Braun Sound Design     Sandy Notarianni, Christophe Vingtrinier Sound     Marina Kertesz Production Design     Pascale Consigny Costumes     Khadija Zeggaï Make-up     Noa Yehonatan Assistant Director     Justinien Schricke Casting     Stéphane Batut, Orit Zulay Production Manager     Marianne Germain Producers     Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt Co-producers     Osnat Handelsman Keren, Talia Kleinhendler, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Olivier Père, Rémi Burah Co-production     Pie Films, Tel Aviv     Komplizen Film, Berlin     Arte France Cinema, Issy-les-Moulineaux With Tom Mercier (Yoav) Quentin Dolmaire (Emile) Louise Chevillotte (Caroline)     DCP with English subtitles by Simon John seen at The School, Midnight Sun Film Festival (MSFF), Sodankylä, 12 June 2019 Berlinale 2019: "In Paris, things do not exactly get off to a good start for Yoav. He knocks on the door of a flat, only to discover the place is empty and, while he is taking a bath there, his things are stolen. Yet this young Israeli had arrived with such great expectations. He is determined to get rid of his nationality as quickly as possible. For him, being Israeli is like a tumour that has to be surgically removed. Becoming French, on the other hand, would quite simply mean his salvation. In order to erase his origins, Yoav first tries to replace his language. From now on, he will not utter a single word of Hebrew. The dictionary becomes his constant companion. The necessary visits to the Israeli embassy annoy him; he finds his compatriots to be a total burden. But the naturalisation test also has its pitfalls. And the young French couple whom he befriends has some rather strange ideas about how to help him." "Based on his own experiences, Nadav Lapid explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place. His attempt to find himself awakens past demons and opens up an existential abyss. A tragicomic puzzle that wisely knows how to keep its secrets." "Biography Nadav Lapid: Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1975, this director and screenwriter studied philosophy at Tel Aviv University. After military service, he moved to Paris before returning to Israel to take a degree at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem. His short film Kvish (Road) screened in the 2005 Panorama. His debut feature film Policeman won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 2011 while The Kindergarten Teacher featured in the 2014 Semaine de la Critique at Cannes. In 2015, Lama? (Why?) screened in Berlinale Shorts. He is a recipient of the French Order Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres." Filmography: 2003 Proyect gvul; short film 2005 Kvish (Road); short film 2006 Ha-chavera shell Emile (Emile’s Girlfriend); short film 2011 Policeman 2013 Footsteps in Jerusalem; documentary 2014 The Kindergarten Teacher · Love Letters to Cinema; short film · Lama?; short film 2016 The Diary of a Wedding Photographer; short film 2019 Synonymes (Synonyme) . Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019 AA: A deeply unsettling Israeli drama about a young man, Yoav who has left Israel for good and is now settling in Paris. In the beginning he literally loses everything. He is naked and without any possessions like a newborn baby, and he starts learning French as a foreign language with the help of a pocket dictionary from which he discovers synonyms. The approach is close to subjective. We experience things from Yoav's perspective, and there is no solid alternative perspective. Yoav is deeply disturbed, probably due to experiences in the Israeli military, but we do not learn the cause of his trauma. Yoav is constantly contradicting himself. He says that he is being persecuted by Israeli security forces, yet he seeks a job in the security of the Israeli General Consulate. There he refuses to speak Hebrew. In an action sequence involving the head of Israeli special operations there is a sense that Yoav has a past with that very unit. He certainly has the physique of an elite soldier. Yoav is saved by the generous and original duo Émile and Caroline. They form a bi-romantic triangle, and Yoav and Caroline marry so that Yoav can stay in France as a French citizen. Émile is a writer, Caroline studies the oboe at the conservatory. Music is important in many ways. Besides the oboe piece Caroline is practising, Elgar's cello concerto, Mendelssohn's violin concerto, "Pump Up The Jam", "La Marseillaise" and "Hatikvah" are among the key themes. An anthology piece in the movie is the French class for foreigners. The teacher (Léa Drucker) has a tough drill sergeant's stance in hammering the basics of French language, society and culture to the skulls of immigrants from all over the globe. The blood-thirsty lyrics of "La Marseillaise" sound particularly revolting in this context. On the other hand, everybody gets to sing songs in their respective languages. In many ways, the theme of language is central, as announced in the title of the film. Associations run deep into history. Yoav's grandfather has arrived to Palestine from Lithuania. A constant reference is the battle of Hector and Achilles in The Iliad. The role of Yoav is a remarkable breakthrough for Tom Mercier. In this assured debut role he displays a formidable range of expression from madness to serenity, from violence to compassion. He is comfortable in the nude, even in sequences where he performs for a pornographic film producer. Yoav experiences a final nervous breakdown when the porn producer's female star, Yasmine from Lebanon, refuses to perform with him. There is an original approach of black comedy in Synonymes, a disturbing film about a disturbed man. Synonymes is an incoherent text which needs and deserves to be revisited. SYNONYMS Director: Nadav Lapid Country: France, Israel, Germany Year: 2019 Duration: 2.03 Languages: French, Hebrew, English / subtitles in English Original name: Synonymes Category: Gems of New Cinema Winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival, Synonyms is an astonishingly original and sometimes tragicomic slap on the structures of Middle Eastern and Western identity. Israeli director Nadav Lapid doesn’t show mercy even to himself; he turns autobiographical elements into politically charged art of moments and encounters, rather than a solid narrative. A robust stranger walking the streets of Paris has a dream: one day to be buried in the city of love as a true countryman! He must shake off the remains of his shameful motherland and adopt the new country with a humble heart. Language is his most important weapon; a reliable friend with a book of words. He meets helpful people and exploiters, each a joker in their own life. In the end, everyone gets their fair share in front of Lapid’s camera; from militant masculinity to the petty bourgeoisie of Parisian bohemians. Few actors dare to go through themselves and dive into a role with such dedication as the director’s find, first-timer Tom Mercier, who really gives his everything to be the man without a past. (MM) SYNONYMS Ohjaaja: Nadav Lapid Maa: Ranska, Israel, Saksa Vuosi: 2019 Kesto: 2.03 Kielet: ranska, heprea, englanti / tekstitys englanniksi Alkup. nimi: Synonymes Kategoria: Uuden elokuvan helmet Berliinin elokuvajuhlien Kultaisen karhun voittaja Synonyms on ällistyttävän omaperäinen ja hetkittäin nerokas tragikoominen läpäytys niin Lähi-idän kuin länsimaisen identiteetin rakennelmalle. Ohjaaja, israelilainen Nadav Lapid ei armahda edes itseään vaan luo omaelämänkerrallisista aineksista poliittisesti virittynyttä, tilanteiden ja kohtaamisten taidetta eheän tarinan sijaan. Pariisin katuja tallaavalla raamikkaalla muukalaisella on unelma, tulla jonakin päivän kuopatuksi aitona maamiehenä rakkauden kaupunkiin! On pyyhittävä pois häpeällisen synnyinmaan rippeet ja omaksuttava uusi nöyränä. Tärkein ase on kieli, luotettavin ystävä kirja sanoineen. Vastaan tulee auttajia ja riistäjiä, kukin oman elämänsä narreja. Lopulta kaikki saavat Lapidin kameran edessä osansa; militantista maskuliinisuudesta pariisilaiseen pikkuporvarilliseen boheemistoon. Ja harva uskaltaa heittäytyä rooliin yhtä antaumuksella kuin ohjaajan löytö, ensikertalainen Tom Mercier, joka todella näyttelee koko varustuksellaan miestä vailla menneisyyttä. (MM) Tel Avivissa 1975 syntynyt NADAV LAPID on opiskellut filosofiaa ja historiaa kotikaupungissaan sekä kirjallisuutta Ranskassa. Hän toimi kulttuuri- ja urheilutoimittajana ennen kuin ryhtyi elokuva- ja tv-arvostelijaksi. Julkaistuaan ensimmäisen novellikokoelmansa 2001 Lapid voitti Cannesissa elokuvaopintojen valmistumisvuonnaan 2006 Cinéfondationin palkinnon kolmannella lyhytfilmillään Emile’s Girlfriend. Esikoispitkä Policeman (Sodankylässä 2012), kuvaus ”israelilaisesta terrorismista ja luokkataistelusta”, oli heti kansainvälinen festivaalija arvostelumenestys. Ennen Synonymsiä syntynyt kertomus lapsinerosta, The Kindergarden Teacher (2014), sai neljä vuotta myöhemmin yhtä arvostetun amerikkalaisversion.

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