WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. Zaza Urushadze | 102 min
Georgia, Ukraine, USA
Russian with English subtitles
Revolution and revenge, fear and hope, love and hate all converge in a small Ukrainian village in 1919. Directed by Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated director Zaza Urushadze (Tangerines), Anton explores a little-known period of Russian history, shaped by political, ethnic and religious division.
Playing on the universal theme of childhood friendship, Anton contrasts the simple and enduring qualities of the boys’ relationship to expose the cruelty of ideology. Although Anton is Catholic and Jacob Jewish, their friendship proves stronger and more resilient than the forces of politics and revolution.
The region they live in includes the descendants of German immigrants who settled the fertile farmland near the Black Sea more than a century earlier. The Germans and Jews live side-by-side facing the upheaval of revolution that convulses the countryside.
Thursday, November 77:00 PM