Opening Night: Anywhere Else

Director/Writer: Ester Amrami
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: Germany
Year: 2014
Running Time: 87 min
Language: German and Hebrew with English subtitles
Stars: Neta Riskin, Golo Euler, Hana Laslo, Hana Rieber,
Dovaleh Reiser, Romi Abulafia, Kosta Kaplen
Date: Saturday, November 1, 7:30 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festival & Awards:
Best Independent Feature,
Karlovy Vary International Festival

Anywhere Else 2Writer/Director Ester Amrami’s charming and poignant first feature nabbed Best Independent Film at the 2014 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is pleased to present the Philadelphia Premiere of Anywhere Else on Opening Night of its 34th Season.

This German dramedy begins in Berlin, where Noa, a native Israeli, is working on her Master’s thesis: a dictionary of untranslatable words. Upon learning that her grant request has been denied, she is hit with a slew of other troubling news, including the announcement that her German boyfriend Jörg has been accepted into a prestigious music competition. Feeling uninspired by her current surroundings, Noa flees gray Berlin for a surprise visit home to sunny Israel. At first, Noa is thrilled to be back. She missed being around her “crazy” family — especially her grandmother, to whom she is very close. But when the novelty of home wears off and trouble finds its way to Noa’s Tel Aviv address, Noa feels more lost than ever.

Director Ester Amrami drew from her own experience of leaving Israel ten years ago to study filmmaking in Berlin. However, contrary to the experiences of Noa’s thesis interviewees, in Anywhere Else, Amrami does a superb job in translating the elusive language of her memories into the visual language of film.

Special Guests: Actor Neta Riskin in conversation with Olivia Antsis, PJFF Director

Sponsored By:
Ruth Perlmutter in memory of Archie Perlmutter