On opening night, PJFF is delighted to present “One Week and a Day,” a 2016 Israeli drama depicting a day in the 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 is directed by newcomer Asaph Polonsky.
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. The film 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.
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Guest Speaker: Isaac Zablocki, director of film programs at JCC Manhattan and director of the Israel Film Center
Special Event: Film followed by private reception for PJFF sponsors and supporters and for All-Access Festival and Big Nights pass holders
Sponsors: Glenmede and Harris & Debra Devor