Opening Night: One Week and a Day


Philadelphia Premiere
Saturday, November 5
7:30 PM
Kimmel Center for the
Performing Arts

Director: Asaph Polonsky
Genre: Narrative
Country: Israel
Year: 2016
Running Time: 93 min
Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles

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On Opening Night, PJFF is delighted to present ONE WEEK AND A DAY, a 2016 Israeli drama depicting a day in a life of a middle-aged couple who begin their lives over again after sitting Shiva for their 25-year-old son, Ronnie. This droll yet extraordinarily moving film, directed by newcomer Asaph Polonsky, has screened in the 2016 International Critics’ Week at Cannes Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and the Jerusalem Film Festival, garnering glowing reviews from critics and filmgoers alike.

Getting stoned and playing air guitar with your next door neighbors’ twenty-something son are two activities not commonly associated with the Jewish mourning period. Yet for Eyal and Vicky, anything goes. As nothing makes sense after the death of one’s own child, Eyal finds himself grasping for whatever will distract him from returning to the real world, while Vicky remains focused on the path set before her: getting in her morning jog, making sure her students take their pop quiz, and showing up to a long scheduled dental appointment.

Without resorting to sentimentality or melodrama, Polonsky expertly crafts a tender and honest portrait of what it means to navigate the absurdity of life after death. ONE WEEK AND A DAY is a stellar debut from a promising new talent.

Special Event: Film followed by private reception for PJFF Sponsors, Supporters, and All-Access Festival and Big Nights pass holders

Guest Speaker: Isaac Zablocki, Director of Film Programs at JCC Manhattan and Director of the Israel Film Center

Sponsors: Glenmede, Harris & Debra Devor, and Sterling Trustees LLC (Principals: Stanley & Antony Joffe)

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Awards and Honors: Winner of Best Supporting Actor at the Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars); winner of The Gan Foundation Award at the 2016 Cannes Semaine de la Critique; winner of the Haggiag Award for Best Israeli Feature Film, The FIPRESCI Award for Best Israeli Debut, and the Anat Pirchi Award for Best Script and Best First Film at the 2016 Jerusalem Film Festival

Subjects: Family, father and son relationships, friendship, grief, marijuana, marriage, mourning, neighbors

For Fans Of: Dark comedies, dramas, emerging directors, good soundtracks, Israeli cinema, marijuana

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