Dir. Pavel Lungin | 100 min
Narrative Israel, Russia 2020
Russian with English subtitles

Academy Award-nominee Harvey Keitel, Israeli legend Lior Ashkenazi (Foxtrot, Walk on Water), and Shira Haas (Unorthodox, Asia) star in this period epic from Cannes-winning filmmaker Pavel Lungin (Taxi Blues).

Based on Meir Shalev’s acclaimed book—and drawing on elements of the biblical tale of Jacob and Esau—the film centers on a 40-year-old writer who returns home to Israel to confront a twin brother who inherited the family bakery and married the woman they both loved. The emotional and sweeping tale spans generations and is set against a nation undergoing seismic changes: from British-ruled Palestine to the Israeli of the 1970s.

Note: This film contains mature content and nudity and may not be suitable for children.

Rental includes a recorded conversation with director Pavel Lungin which will automatically play after the film.


Pavel Lungin started his career in film as a screenwriter. He directed his first break-out feature “Taxi Blues” in 1990 which the same year was awarded the Best Director Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In the two following decades Lungin directed a dozen films, both in French and Russian. His films “Luna Park” and “The Wedding” have also shown at Cannes Film Festival, and were nominated for the Golden Palm. His film “The Island” was a closing film of the Venice Film Festival. In 2009 Lungin’s film “Tsar” was an official selection at Cannes in the program “Un Certain Regard.” Pavel Lungin’s next directorial work “The Conductor” won the award for the Best actor at Shanghai film festival in 2012.  His latest film “The Queen of Spades” won the audience award at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.A master dramatist Pavel Lungin is one of the most acclaimed Russian film directors working in the world cinema today.

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