Etgar Keret: What Animal are You?

Director: Gur Bentwich
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: Israel
Year: 2013
Running Time: 58 min
Language: English
Features: Etgar Keret, Nathan Englender, Ira Glass
Date: Monday, November 3, 7 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American CenterIntroduced by Gary Kramer, with live Etgar Keret reading to follow

Meet Etgar Keret, Israel’s most famous contemporary writer. For Keret, writing fiction is like being a magician or a juggler. A cockeyed optimist, he says, “You walk this thin line between being someone with unexplainable abilities and being a con man, a cheat.” His work showcases the quirkiness and mystery of life, often involving characters living on the edge.

In this very special evening, Keret will read from his work—and perhaps even juggle—following a presentation of Etgar Keret: What Animal Are You? This personal film is a documentary portrait of the mercurial author’s public and private persona as he tours New York City, hanging out with fellow literary contemporaries Ira Glass of This American Life and Nathan Englander (What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank). Offering a glimpse into his craft, his thoughts about being a writer/celebrity, and his experiences as a father and a son Etgar Keret: What Animal Are You? is achingly funny, and poignant too. And like all of Keret’s work, it will leave you hungry for more.

Special Guest: Author/Filmmaker Etgar Keret in conversation with Gary Kramer, Film Critic

Special Event: Bring your favorite Keret book to sign or purchase a book at the event to attend a VIP Wine and Cheese Reception with the guest of honor. Advance registration is highly recommended.

Sponsored By:
Tom Kline in memory of Paula Kline