Dir. Nadav Lapid | 123 min
Narrative France, Germany, Israel 2019
FrenchHebrew with English subtitles

Film contains adult content, themes, and nudity.

Loosely based on director Nadav Lapid’s (The Kindergarten Teacher) own experiences, the film follows young Israeli ex-soldier Yoav—played by newcomer Tom Mercier, in an incredible performance—who escapes his country and past to take up residence in Paris. Armed with a pocket-sized French dictionary, Yoav refuses to speak his native Hebrew as he desperately tries to immerse himself in French society. Living on only a few francs a day, he bounces from job to job on a wildly erratic journey, attempting to assimilate into a seemingly impenetrable culture.

Unpredictable yet kinetically assured, Lapid’s lucid assault against nationhood asks if individuals can ever be fully extricated from the society into which they were born. While Synonyms is loaded with ideas about identity, both personal and national, it’s the intense emotional impact of Yoav’s experiences that resonate so strongly.

-Note adapted from the Toronto International Film Festival


Friday, November 291:00 PM Matinee

Saturday, November 305:45 PM

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Sunday, December 112:20 PM Matinee

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Festivals and Awards

  • Golden Bear
    2019, Berlin Film Festival


  • Critics Pick! Astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable.David Ehrlich, Indiewire

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This event finished on December 13, 2019.