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2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 2 - Nadav Lapid Ahed’s Knee

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2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 2 – Nadav Lapid’s Ahed’s Knee

2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 2 – Nadav Lapid’s Ahed’s Knee

He saw his second feature (The Kindergarten Teacher) play at the Critics Week (and be adapted into a U.S remake shortly after) certainly jury member Maggie Gyllenhaal might have been the most in-the-know about Nadav Lapid‘s filmography to date. After recently winning the Golden Bear for Synonymes (there is an inside joke to be found) he was ready for the big stage with his fourth film — Ahed’s Knee which is just as politicized as his three other features. An ode to his creative collaborator/mother, Day 2 would be a soul-crushing drama featuring the unlikeable big deal character of Y played by Avshalom Pollak who befriends (or so we think) Yahalom (Nur Fibak) — despite her lack of knowledge of what Battleship Potemkin might be, this film about a filmmaker is served ice cold.

Our critics (almost half have seen this) mostly found this portrait to be a “hard pill to swallow”. It currently sits at a 2.5 average.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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