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Asia

Dir. Ruthy Pribar | 85 min
Narrative Israel 2020
HebrewRussian with English subtitles

9-time Ophir (Israeli Oscar) Winner!
Best Picture | Best Actress (Alena Yiv) | Best Supporting Actress (Shira Haas) | Best Cinematography (Daniella Nowitz)

With her huge eyes and delicate physique, Shira Haas made an indelible impression as the Emmy-nominated lead in the recent TV series Unorthodox. Here she stars as a Russian émigré to Israel, navigating (with her single mother) her teenage years, burdened by a largely undefined illness that makes all of her decisions infinitely more poignant.

First-time writer-director Ruthy Pribar does an exquisite job of defining the complexities of a mother-daughter relationship that eschews clichés and sentimentality. Both actresses give riveting, yet understated performances that explore the inevitable chasm that divides the generations and creates barriers between the healthy and the sick – while limning a universal and timeless story of maternal love and loss.

ASIA swept the 2020 Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars) winning 9 honors (8 going to women), including Best Picture, Actress, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Editing, and Score. The film also won multiple awards at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival: Best Actress for Shira Haas; Best Cinematography for Daniella Nowitz; and The Nora Ephron Award for Ruthy Pribar.

Schedule

Friday, October 221:00 PM Cafritz Hall Matinee

Saturday, October 2312:00 AM Cafritz Hall

8:00 PM Cafritz Hall

Sunday, October 241:30 PM Cafritz Hall Matinee

3:30 PM Cafritz Hall

5:30 PM Cafritz Hall

Tuesday, October 267:30 PM Cafritz Hall

Wednesday, October 277:00 PM Cafritz Hall

Thursday, October 287:30 PM Cafritz Hall

Press

  • Rare delicacy and emotional acuity. Unassumingly lovely.Guy Lodge, Variety
  • Delivers an emotional wallop. Modest. Intimate. Subtle. Much of its power comes from a hypnotizing performance by Shira Haas, most recently seen as the young Hasidic community escapee on Netflix’s riveting Unorthodox. Haas’ nuanced gaze takes hold of the story, complicating its focus more than any dialogue could.Eric Kohn, IndieWire
  • An assured feature debut, balancing sobriety with emotional intensity. Actually a twin character study… (with) two superbly matched leads. This perceptively observed small-scale drama… continues to yield surprising nuances that keep you gripped. The maturity of the directorial voice is evident in its clear-eyed, rigorously unsentimental…There’s delicate understatement also in the consideration of each woman’s sexuality… seldomly depicted on screen.
    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

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